Harbour City Opera’s Mother’s Day concert used superb and passionately blended ingredients with which to bake us intensely flavoured delights. BECAUSE I SAID SO was a well-packaged and marketable concept. A crowd-pleaser with champagne, show bags and afternoon tea, it was also an impressive, endearing musical start to the company’s busy and interesting 2014 season.
Sixteen artists delivered arias, duets, a quartet and choruses from almost one and a half centuries of the operatic and art song repertoires. Outside of a staged opera the excerpts could have been in danger of emerging as a clumsy shopping list. This was not possible though in the hands of artistic director Sarah Ann Walker and well nuanced, evocative piano accompaniments from Bradley Gilchrist.