Opera North is warming up for their Carousel tour, and yesterday evening I went to see Dame Felicity singing Richard Rodgers songs in Leeds Grand Theatre's intimate Howard Assembly Room. I've seen her in lots of operas, but none very recently.

She was accompanied by Jason Carr, an accompanist who also has impressive composing credits and can also sing (well, more or less). Here's the programme, sung by Lott unless otherwise noted. Hart lyrics marked *, Hammerstein lyrics marked **,
Rodgers lyrics marked ***

The Carousel Waltz (Carousel) (Carr only)
It Might as Well be Spring (State Fair**) with FL arriving during the intro
Mr Snow (Carousel**)
Never Say No (State Fair***)
Come Home (Allegro**)
part of Victory at Sea (Carr only), including No Other Love and a bit of Finlandia
Money isn't Everything (Allegro**) (Lott arriving during intro, duet with Carr)
My Funny Valentine (Babes in Arms*)
A Wonderful Guy (South Pacific**)

Interval

Slaughter on 10th Avenue (Carr only)
To keep My Love Alive (A Connecticut Yankee*), Lott arriving during intro
What's the Use of Wond'rin' (Carousel**)
Dites-Moi (South Pacific**) - not sung as a duet
Ten Cents a Dance (Simple Simon*) - reminiscent of something by Jeremy Nicholas
Den of Iniquity (Pal Joey*) (duet with Carr)
Bewitched (Pal Joey*)
Hello Young Lovers (The King and I**)

Encores:

The Lonely Goatherd (The Sound of Music**)
Edelweiss (The Sound of Music**)

Well, it was very well-judged and enjoyable (except for My Funny Valentine, which I loathe, and the encores...). I'd never heard of some of the shows or some of the numbers. There were three items listed in the programme which Lott didn't sing: Lover (Love Me Tonight*), Something Wonderful (The King and I**) and La-La-La (No Strings***). She seems to have forsaken the opera stage - see her website

http://www.felicitylott.de/

- but then she's about my age. The full house was very appreciative.