“In Monte-Carlo, the answer is obvious: the musical interpretation given by Laurent Campellone, with a superlative orchestra, is one that captivates through and through! From the very beginning, he knows how to modulate intensities, play with timbre shades, create contrasts without sacrificing subtle nuances, so much so that the piece regains an unexpected freshness and he gives listeners the pleasure to discover anew overheard pages. With relentless alertness, he indicates,
"But the most magical element of all in Daniel Catán’s magical-realism opera is the singing.Soprano Elaine Alvarez is stunning in her role debut as Florencia, a world-famous but heartbroken opera singer returning to the wilds of her native Brazil to find her lost love. Her rich, supple voice glides and soars effortlessly through the florid, note-rich score and she acts the role with a sensitivity and emotional conviction normally seen only in veterans of a role. And supportin
“I had previously seen Mr. Mayes in Washington National Opera’s Dead Man Walking; I think he might be even more impressive as Starbuck. . . Director McIntyre says she read the novel seven times as preparation for taking on this enormous challenge. Pause. She read a 700-page novel seven times; that is demonstrating commitment to your art! One might tease whether it became her own white whale, though she managed to achieved a victory. She is certainly tuned in to the intertwini
"The highlight of the program was the Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44, by Rachmaninov whose symphonic works has been dedicated this season. The young Spanish conductor Sergio Alapont, host on the podium, who had already successfully solved the two initial works thanks to his gestural temperament and control of all sections of the orchestra, took advantage of the sound demands of the score and particularly the initial passages of the second movement, with solos of horn, harp
"Soprano Karen Slack, as Emelda, the absentee mother who abandoned Griffith and six other illegitimate children in their native Virgin Islands, beautifully atones for her negligence with a soaring aria about “seven babies in the sun” that brought down the house Friday night."
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“Baritone Edward Parks, in his Lyric debut . . . rose with imposing force to the scene in which the dying soldier Valentin curses his fallen sister." -Chicago Tribune Read full review. "Baritone Edward Parks was outstanding in his Lyric debut as Valentin with a tremendous “Avant de quitter ces lieux” in Act two as the protector of Marguerite.” -OperaWire.com Read full review. “Another new voice in this production is American baritone Edward Parks, who Lyric audiences will su
"Cassandra Zoé Velasco was a charming Rosina whose singing was flexible. In "Una voce poco fa" ("A voice just now") her tones soared up and plunged down her wide, beautifully colored vocal range. Writers often remark that Mexico sends us wonderful tenors and baritones but rarely women singers. Velasco is a lovely mezzo-soprano exception who sings and acts with assured grace and exquisite style. Her decorated lines showed her command of this role. She sang her difficult "Lesso
"Though one of the great problems of Don Giovanni is that there is so much – musically and psychologically – to eclipse the Don at his own party. Mozart gives some of his most inward and tender music to Donna Elvira and Donna Anna, and the latter’s accompanied recitatives, sung with force and focus by Emily Birsan, were taut and keening." -Bachtrack Read full review. "American soprano Emily Birsan playing the part of Donna Anna . . She possesses a pleasing controlled voice an
"Annie Rosen was a worthy Siébel, well earning her usually cut second aria."
-Chicago Classical Review Read full review. "Annie Rosen brought a sweet, agile mezzo-soprano to the role of Siébel."
"As the lovesick adolescent Siébel, who moons over Marguerite but also falls victim to Mephisto’s machinations, mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen sang with equal parts of technical finesse and emotional vulnerability." -Classical Voice America Read full review.