In Review: Slayden and Parks in Virginia Opera’s “La bohème”

“As Rodolfo, Jason Slayden was a handsome suitor, displaying a bright tenor with compelling warmth in his baritone midrange. His first signature aria, “Che gelida manina,” was beautifully reflective and sweet, as was Mimi’s reply, “Mi chiamano Mimi. . . Baritone Edward Parks as Marcello – Musetta’s on-again, off-again lover – was a standout as a singing actor. His copper-hued voice filled the hall masterfully. Tall and clad in suspenders and beret, Parks looked the perfect idealistic, starving artist.”

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