March 2010: The Victorian Opera continues to make a name for itself by offering works from left of field. Each season its program contains oddities and the lesser known. The latest diversion is a double bill lasting little more than a couple hours and providing excellent proof that opera need be neither long nor boring. The Bear and Angelique are lively, entertaining, humorous and engaging. The young cast not only sing well but act their roles with energy and enthusiasm. This is opera as fun: two fripperies that delight and entertain with outrageous costuming and minimalist sets. If only our national company could come up with such a diverting evening of opera.