Alas, this is opera, and slowly but surely, Alfonso and Despina
-- through any number of outlandish devices; pretended poisoning for a start -- prevail on the girls to begin a light flirtation with the wrong opposite number.
Veteran British baritone Sir Thomas Allen made his belated COC debut as a wily Don Alfonso, while veteran soprano Tracy Dahl returned to the Toronto stage as a wily, if at times intona-tionally challenged, Despina
POWERING AHEAD: Reef Subsea's Q1000 Trench ROV and Reef Despina
working on the Lincs wind farm
During the January 18 selection process, the jury of three former Eurovision song contest entrants Elena Patroklou (1991), Alex Panayi (1995 and 2000) and Despina
Olympiou (2013), as well as music producer and radio host Tasos Trifonos, will be enhanced by Christer Bjorkman (Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Producer and Sweden's Head of Delegaton) and Dimitris Kontopoulos (composer of past Eurovision entries).
Also present at the meeting were the Head of the Political, Security and Development Section of the EU Delegation to the United States, Klaus Botzet; the Secretary for External Relations of the OAS, Alfonso Quinonez; the Alternate Representative of the EU to the OAS, Despina
Manos; and the Acting Director of the Department of International Affairs of the OAS, Jane Thery, among others.
The production favours farce and Neal Davies' Don Alfonso, every inch a saloon bar philosopher in his check suit and co-respondent's shoes, and Joanne Boag's sparky worldly-wise Despina
steal the show - getting laughs without compromising the music.
Co-chairs: David Freeman, CEO, David Freeman Consulting Group, LLC; and Despina
Trajkovska from Utrinski vesnik criticizes the move made by Skopje's mayor who got renewed with a new Mercedes worth 80,000 euro.
United Classics, for example, has just released a remastered version of the classic 1954 recording conducted by Herbert von Karajan, pairing Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Nan Merriman against Leopold Simo-neau and Rolando Panerai (Lisa Otto is Despina
and Sesto Bruscantini is Don Alfonso).
While crooked maid Despina
, Claire Ormshaw, played it for laughs in some of the wackiest costumes of the evening.
The girls put on a show of lovesickness for about ten minutes but are soon cuckolding their beloveds with a spot of encouragement from their scheming maid Despina
The plotting maid Despina
, sung by Elizabeth Gale, was nearly indistinguishable from the sisters in her charge both by how she looked and sounded (just another pretty soubrette).