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on July 8, 2000
With this first digital Mikado recording, and the second digital one by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, we are in for an unforgetable musical experience. This recording presents a strong performance, with excellent crisp orchestral playing and ppowerful choral singing, capped by excelelntly wide-ranging digital sound. The one weak link is Michael Ducarel's portrayal of the eponymous title character. Even though he sings in tune, his voice is a little bit weak and small. The role of the Mikado is supposed to be firm and powerful, but this Mikado lacks a lot of the satanic glitter present in Donald Adams' portrayal. Also, Ducarel's cackle is rather weak. The rest of the cast is tremendously strong, even the minors. Bonaventura Bottone's portrayal of Nanki-Poo draws on experience from playing the role in the English National Opera production. Eric Roberts makes a light and airy Ko-Ko, giving a crisp performance, ruined only by a new verse in the Little List song. Malcolm Rivers makes a sonorous haughty Pooh-Bah, and he is joined by Deborah Rees' silken and seductive Yum-Yum and Susan Gritton's commanding Katisha. Overall, I would say that you should buy this recording, and that despite the minor flaw, this is a praiseworthy performance.
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