Il signor Bruschino

Musicals and Opera (opera, comedy)

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Sofia and Florville are madly in love – but a long-standing agreement promises Sofia to another, the son of the great Signor Bruschino. However, unbeknownst to all but the couple, Sofia's fiancé is arrested en route to meet his future wife, and Florville poses in his place... to Signor Bruschino himself. Is it getting hot in here...? Rossini's classic music accompanies a comedic tale of love, lies and mistaken identity performed by some of Cambridge University's finest singers and nine-piece orchestra. ***** (Tab, 2018). Sung in the original Italian with translation provided.

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Peter H 119 days ago

Excellent performance. Have not seen this company before but will certinaly be adding them to my list of must see companies. The enthusiasm and enjoyment of the singers and musicians is infectious - it was all hugely enjoyable. Well sung, acted and played and a perfect choice for this venue - the sound was excellent. Also a rare chance to see a VERY little performed opera. Congratulations and thanks to all involved. See you next year.

James Gordon 119 days ago

A well-nigh faultless performance by singer-actors and musicians who are obviously having great fun. The leads rise to their big moments but this production's strength is in the ensemble and direction. Brilliant acting in the smaller roles by multi-tasking instrumentalists (Matthew Gibson's facial expressions deserve a special.mention) and perfect comic timing all round. Intelligent use of space and minimal props. The standard of the Italian diction puts many professionals to shame - almost every word was intelligible. Well done all round, a shame this was the final performance!

George Palmer 120 days ago

Highly entertaining and very musically assured, Cambridge University Opera Society present a charming rendition of Rossini's hilarious one-act farce. The singers are highly professional and united by a great sense of ensemble. They are supported by a small but greatly accomplished orchestra. Producer and director must be commended for a sensitive and intelligent portrayal that has been expertly crafted. Nestled amongst endless comedy and theatre, this is a musical gem not to be missed!

Beatrix Swanson Scott 121 days ago

Whether you're an opera lover (or hater), someone who enjoys seeing something a bit different at the Fringe or just a chilly person hoping to come in out of the drizzle - it's hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this Rossini opera which has been so skillfully crafted by a group of Cambridge youngsters. With great comic timing and music-making, excellent use of the church space and acoustic and a surprisingly wittily employed lampshade, Bruschino & company delight throughout this wonderfully short-and-sweet-but-not-too-short show. Highly recommended!

Ivor Ellis 121 days ago

Last month the Cambridge University Opera Society, under Francis Bushell, gave the first UK performance of Schubert's comic opera 'The Twin Brothers' This week, at St. Cuthbert' Church, they are in similarly uncharted waters in staging Rossini's one-act comic opera 'Il Signor Bruschino'. And it is well worth a visit - each afternoon this week at 2.30pm. This is what happened yesterday.

Produced by Lucy Roberts and conducted by Jamie Conway, the cast of singers enjoyed themselves immensely, singing the farcical plot with great enthusiasm and skill. There wasn't a weak link. The major roles were sung by soprano Megan Smania, tenor Andrei Smid, bass James Ward and baritone Craig Wallace, with supporting roles taken by Robert Nicholas, Jessica Hopkins, Matthew Gibson (doubling his main task of playing piano continuo) and Richard Decker (doubling his main task of oboist). A small orchestra played extremely professionally under the leadership of Tess Jackson.

The tenor and soprano had showpiece arias. The highlight was Megan Smania's singing of the aria 'Ah voi condur volete' with a similarly virtuosic bassoon obbligato played by Francis Bushell (who for the rest of the afternoon played viola). Francis, BBC Young Musician 2018 Woodwind Finalist, who had conducted the Society's first production last year in Cambridge, played the difficult solo to perfection in a show-stopping performance. I was reminded of Scuhubert's 'The Shepherd on the Rock', which has clarinet and piano accompaniment.

Another show-stopping moment followed a little while later when there was a loud bang and the building's alarm went off. The church had been struck by lightning, causing a 20-minute before the fire brigade came and investigated before giving the all-clear for the show to continue. The whole constituted an enjoyable, and eventful afternoon.

Keith Wagstaff 122 days ago

Most enjoyable performance. The music was lovely with attractive arias, duets, trios and quintets beautifully sung and presented by the performers. You forgave the ridiculous plot.

Dagmara K 123 days ago

Absolutely delightful! The orchestra and singers are all enormously talented and the staging is excellent, some great comedic touches alongside the stellar musical performances. Highly recommended!

L. Ryan 124 days ago

A very enjoyable afternoon at this light-hearted short opera with an excellent orchestra and performances from the singers that were both amusing and engaging throughout. Thoroughly recommended, ideal for those who haven't tried opera before or who simply fancy something slightly different to the standard Fringe comedy.

Pippa Hyde 124 days ago

Great singing and orchestra, and a really entertaining production - no dull bits, well paced and engaging throughout. We really enjoyed it; highly recommended!

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

A truly electrifying performance...

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Ed Fringe Review (3/5 stars) 121 days ago

Even though the elements were against them nothing can put out their spark...

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