This episode featured the four remaining singers preparing duets for the second to last vote-off. The duets were:
"O soave fancuilla" from Puccini's La Boheme with Paul Abelha and Laura Landauer
"Love Unspoken" from Lehar's The Merry Widow with Phillip Holmes and Elaine Hefferton
Both pairs had much to overcome. Paul and Laura had to gain an understanding of a more difficult operatic style in only a few days--in fact, Laura had never sung a high C before. Phil and Elaine struggled to overcome their personal differences in order to create a believable performance.
The well-known fight director John Stead then worked with the four on stage combat training. (John also was the fight director for Tapestry's recent production of Nigredo Hotel)
Phil, Elaine, Laura, and Paul were then invited to watch their performances from the previous vote-off, along with some of the more blunt comments from the audience in the feedback session that followed that performance.
This week's vote-off was held at the MacMillian Theatre in the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. The guest judges were tenor Luc Robert and Carroll Anne Curry from Dean Artist Management. The fly in the ointment this week was that both groups were asked to sing their duets twice. Elaine and Phil chose not to mention this to Paul and Laura when they came back into the dressing room.
And when the dust settled, it was Laura Landauer that was eliminated this week, much to the consternation of both Phil and Paul, as we discover at the end of the episode.
(Some interesting trivia: Elton Lammie and Sonja Anderson also sang the "Love Unspoken" duet in the first season.)