Opera Australia has excelled itself with HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury. Conductor Andrew Greene, Director Stuart Maunder, Designer Roger Kirk, Lighting Designer Trudy Dalgleish and Choreographer Elizabeth Hill have made this an audio and visual treat.
Equally excellent are the fantastic performances by the Cast and Chorus, from the inspired choice of Colette Mann as "Little Buttercup", the brilliant and versatile Anthony Warlow as "Capt Corcoran" and the "Learned Judge", non better than the lovely Tiffany Speight and the talented David Hobson "as the "Merry Maiden and the Tar", to John Bolton Wood's "Sir Joseph Porter", Richard Alexander's "Dick Deadeye", Andrew Jones, Jerzy Kozlowski and Roxane Hislop as Cousin Hebe.
Ali McGregor is wonderful as "Angelina" in Trial by Jury with David Hobson as "Edwin". The Learned Judge steals the show aided abetted by a jury of ex-sailors, and a public of journalists (ex-sisters, ex-cousins and ex-aunts). The Usher and Counsel seem familiar too! Watch this again and again to see the little expressions and sideshows of the Chorus.