Wow! What an utterly superb performance of The Marriage of Figaro last night. The singing from both soloists and chorus was superb, and the wonderfully clear diction allowed us to hear every word. The acting was spot on, and the fact that you got so many laughs from the audience when it was appropriate is testament to a very well developed sense of timing. The orchestral support was everything it needed to be, and the conductors should be congratulated on fantastic direction and control throughout. The production was also superb; clearly a huge amount of consideration had been given to every detail, from set design and props to costumes and lighting. Finally, the direction and choreography involved in placing the singers in the best possible positions on stage was done with consummate skill.
All the staff who attended were seriously impressed by the professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm of all those involved in last night’s production, both on the stage and back stage. Indeed, I have had an email from every one of them saying that they wish to indicate how stupendous they thought it was, and also one from Rebecca saying how delighted she is that it was such a success and how disappointed she is not be able to see it.
You have every reason to be extremely proud of what you have achieved; we are certainly proud of what you have done. Last night was a phenomenal landmark in the history of achievements in the Music Department at Manchester University – many, many congratulations!