“TYLER SIMPSON proved to be a potent Leporello, vocally and dramatically. The bass-baritone’s voice was robust and sturdy, and there was a fresh, colorful spin on every phrase. . . AMANDA CRIDER revealed lots of personality. . . She had particular fun carrying out some Gypsy Rose Lee-worthy activity while making up with the confident, cleanly sung Masetto of NICHOLAS MASTERS.”
As Sharpless, COREY CRIDER. . . proved admirable for its interpretive sensitivity and spark. He also fleshed out the character richly, at one point even threatening to do what many an opera-goer has felt like doing — give Pinkerton a punch in the nose. JOSEPH BARRON’s hefty bass-baritone and lively phrasing made the Bonze’s brief appearance stand out. -Opera News
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