The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO102AN
24 Aug 2019 7:30pm - 9:20pm

Menotti's The Telephone

A one act comic masterpiece featuring the international singers Mark Saberton & Lisa Cassidy accompanied by Matthew McCombie. An opera traversing the minefield of courtship followed by a second half of passion and love in the form of songs and duets. Not to be missed. Mark Saberton returns to the Quay Theatre in Sudbury following his popular 2014 and 2017 appearances. On this occasion the show features the wonderful Lisa Cassidy. Acclaimed pianist Matthew McCombie accompanies again after making a great impression in the concert here two years ago. Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’ or ‘L’amour à trois’ is a gem of operatic comedy, presenting an attempted marriage proposal alongside endless phone interruptions (how very modern!). Ben loves Lucy or, should we call her, ‘Rockabilly Lucy’, with her total adoration of 1950s style? Will his gift soften her heart, and encourage her to accept his hand in marriage, or remove her from his arms forever? The first performance was in 1947 but this production has a more contemporary look at the story. As well as the bijou one act opera there will be a selection of songs and duets from the American and English classical song repertoire, featuring composers including Gerald Finzi, Roger Quilter, Peter Warlock, Samuel Barber and Roderick Williams. These trace the journey of myriad conversations and musings on that delightful tyrant, Love.



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The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO102AN