"Ismaele was sung the first night by Robert Watson. . . Watson’s youthful tenor established the character’s purity and innocence. . . In the Part I trio between Fenena, Ismaele, and Abigaille, Watson’s youthful tone combined with Schlicht’s exquisite mezzo to create an evocative contrast between the young lovers, on one hand, and Abigaille’s apparent unadulterated evil."