Great Lakes Lyric Opera presents The Canterville Ghost at the Southfield Centre for the Arts this Friday and Saturday
at 7:30 p.m. British composer Paul Barker based this spooky opera on the Oscar Wilde tale of the same name, resulting in a
wicked and witty musical drama that shares its songs with biting dialogue, both clever and droll, like the man who inspired
Originally written for piano and
voice, the piece was rescored to include violins, cello and bass specifically for this performance by Barker, who flew in
to oversee and direct his new additions. The score is an unnerving combination of a waterfall fairy tale mixed with bunches
of jarringly harsh harmonies as if Brahms had cornered Debussy in a dark alley with ill intentions. Haunting vocal concordances
wind through boughs of Wilde-ian wit over a bed of trilling violins, tiptoeing cellos and basses and a piano pounding down
a twisting staircase.
something for everyone in this wonderfully successful sensation combination that creeps through your spine as you giggle,
a perfect family affair.
Anita Schmaltz, 10/24/2001, Metro