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The Bartered Bride @ Garsington Opera - Reviews

With one week to go before the end of the 2022-23 season, the reviews for Garsington Opera's The Bartered Bride are in!

Check out the snippets below, with links to the full articles in orange!

Stephen Walsh, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"David Ireland is excellent as the marriage-broker Kecal, self-important, venal, everything nasty within a somehow likeable frame; his wonderful entry song, done here with superb panache, always reminds me of Eisenstein’s entry in Die Fledermaus, a gust of materialism blowing away the sentimental smoke."

John Allison, The Telegraph ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"In strongly-focused voice, David Ireland presents Kecal as a consummate salesman and a bit of a wide boy."

Sam Smith, MusicOMH ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"David Ireland's presence is as commanding as his bass-baritone"

Mel Cooper, PlaysToSee ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"David Ireland as Kecal makes a superbly irritating self-serving marriage broker."

Peter Reed, Opera Magazine

"David Ireland as Kecal took control of the drama from the start with impeccable, self-serving deviousness and some powerful singing. The two parental duos...were putty in his hands"

Adrian York, London Unattached

"Bass-baritone David Ireland was splendid as the oleaginous marriage broker Kecal, puffed up with his own sense of cleverness. His voice was bursting with the marriage broker’s self-confidence with his physicality adding depth to his characterisation."

Mark Ronan, The Article

"Star of the show in the first part was David Ireland as the self-important and rather slippery Mayor, acting as a marriage broker."

Mark Aspen,

"David Ireland excels as the garrulous Kecal, the corrupt local politician cum marriage broker, whom he plays as an over confident wide-boy, swaggering and wheeler-dealing. Ireland’s splendid bass-baritone has that faux-gravitas of the part and is vocally gymnastic to make the most of Kecal’s quick-fire patter songs."



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