Opera-lele are back with their second CD this time taking their powerful voices out of the opera houses and into the West End. It’s a pure delight to see how this duo are progressing to even greater heights through this recording.
The opening number is Another Op’nin, Another show (from Kiss Me Kate), a clear choice to begin such an album of course closely followed by I Dreamed A Dream, taken from Les Mis and a song everyone surely knows. Indeed I think it one of the most beautiful songs musical theatre has to offer. The ukulele playing really shines here and Mandi’s voice will bring a tear to you eye escalating to even greater heights of loveliness as the harmonies blend.
All I Ask Of You emotionally releases The Phantom onto the album succeeded by Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? whose happy bounce is another perfect fit to both the strummed ukulele and the perfect banter that exists between these two lovely people.
Whether through a passion for Liverpool FC or Carousel a stirring version of You’ll Never Walk Alone soon follows contrasted immediately with A Song Like This, a tune familiar to Python fans everywhere coming as it does from Spamalot. Comedy comes as standard with this song’s pedigree again making it perfect for our playful duo. As fun as Opera-lele are however, they soon remind us what amazing serious performers they can be following up their subtle comedic moments with a serious and impeccably performed piece which in this case is in the form of Love Changes Everything from Aspects of Love.
The final track, Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat (from Guys And Dolls) wraps things up wonderfully allowing George’s voice to truly sparkle in the gentler segments before the song responds with a speedy answering strum that plays beautifully on a ukulele. As a homage to the Broadway genre it’s good to hear a laugh and a gasp included too adding another layer to Opera-lele’s style underpinned, as ever, with a hint of cheeky mischief.
The ukulele arrangements are cleverly orchestrated and their pitch perfect pipes blend exquisitely whilst retaining their humorous and charming approach. Whether you’ve a fan of musical theatre or not, one cannot deny there’s some fabulous song writing to be found in this genre and Opera-lele have recorded eight refined and delightful versions of some of the very best. Stunningly good… again.