Lively, charming performances by Sylvie Gallant and Katie Slater.
I particularly liked Sylvie Gallant’s Irina and Peter Brathwaite’s Emanuel.
The result is a zany but fun romantic comedy, with a poignant message about how we treat migrant workers...with a cast of fine singers (Sylvie Gallant’s clear bright soprano stands out).
Gallant's voice lends her despairing queen a youthfulness but also a lightness that Purcell’s writing happily accommodates.
The singing, led by Sylvie Gallant was uniformly good...all was done with conviction and seriousness.
...the core of Dido is strong...the peripheries of the drama is heartening, and the whole thing was performed with a big, positive zing.
There is fine singing all round. As Gretel, soprano Sylvie Gallant is believable as the naughty child; so, too, mezzo Katie Slater as her mischievous brother Hansel. There is some delightful singing from them both, particularly the ‘Evening Prayer’ duet.
A YOUNGER THEATRE
...Sylvie Gallant plays [Dido] with tenderness and charm, and her voice is captivating.
One of the evening’s other surprises was the consistently high quality of the singing. Sylvie Gallant’s light soprano voice and Katie Slater made a convincingly boyish Hansel despite a fine mezzo-soprano voice.
Sylvie Gallant’s Sloane Ranger of a Diana, poured into the tightest of jodhpurs and shiniest of riding boots, was a noticeable exception...
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY PRESS
Sylvie Gallant was pure minx as Semele...