from Opera, September 2004

Opera

Although it was well received, I didn’t enjoy Jeremy Gray’s workmanlike Bridgnorth production of Haydn’s L’Infedelta Delusa as much as usual; yet Gray and Gilly French, Bampton Classical Opera’s imaginative producer-translators, have a knack of advancing prodigious young talent (tenors Mark Wilde and Benjamin Hulett, for instance). Sinead Pratschke, whose disguised Vespina elicited yet another classic of fine honed Gray comedy (compare Amanda Pitt’s witty disguise in Salieri’s Falstaff), proved a fine find; Nathan Vale’s strumming serenade revealed a tenor of lovely timbres and shy beauty; and Jason Lai judged the pacings like a Haydn specialist inspired.