Overall credit must obviously go to a production team, who have worked long and hard to achieve so fluent a production, especially one which moves at this pace. Chuck Hudson's direction is a winning combination of textual and historical fidelity, coupled with just enough leeway to ensure a surprising degree of contemporary currency. Hudson's attention to detail in characterisation is exemplary and the result is a set of characters who are believable as fiction, but recognisable types in our own experience.
Visiting New York stage and opera director Chuck Hudson has led from the top. He has energised and inspired his disciplined young cast to reach new heights and they have responded.
It is something of a tour de force to take a perennial pleaser like Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro and give it the freshness of a less familiar work while keeping to traditional staging and costumes with due respect for a sense of period. This is precisely what this co-production between Cape Town Opera and the UCT Opera School offers its audience, and the result is an evening of undiluted pleasure. Beverly Brommert, Cape Argus
It was an outstanding performance! I’m still smiling this morning.