Stunning reviews are in for Dana Beth Miller as Adalgisa in Florida Grand Opera’s “Norma”!
“Miller proved a real scene stealer herself, bringing depth of emotion and striking theatricality to Adalgisa’s every appearance. Her rich, smoky sound, ease in the voice’s highest and lowest extremes and firm control were matched by glamour and dramatic intensity. The conclusion of Act I was a high point, Miller’s vocalism fiery and full throated in trio with Khudoley and the Pollione of Giancarlo Monsalve.” -South Florida Classical Review
“Dana Beth Miller was the perfect Adalgisa; a very feminine woman with a powerful voice that clearly defines this character’s many changes in mood from young girl in a complicated love affair with a man who represents her nation’s enemy, to heartbroken and furious at his betrayal. She then becomes comrade with her lover’s spouse as she agrees to work for his downfall. Miller’s voice has a luscious power that begins in the true mezzo range but unfailingly leaps to the high demands of rage.” -Concertonet.com
“Miller is a knockout in the role of the young priestess-in-training. She nearly steals the show the moment she comes on stage. Her voice is a clarion call with a beautiful evenness from the top of her register to the very lowest tones of her voice. She sings Bellini’s coloratura with clarity, conviction and a true sense of the bel canto phrase. Vocally, Miller possesses one of the largest voices on the stage between the two casts but she manages to balance perfectly regardless of whoever she is singing with.
The character of Adalgisa shares three major duets in Bellini’s opera. First in act one she has a duet with the tenor, “Va Crudele” then she gets to sing a duet with Norma, “Sola furtive” followed by a trio with both Norma and Pollione, “Oh! Di qual’sei tu vittima!” In act two she sings another duet with Norma, “Mira, O Norma.” All of these pieces require a sense of delicacy and coordination with the duet partners and Miller was in sync with everyone she shared the stage with.
As an actress, Miller was spot-on in her characterization. The naivety and guile of the young woman seduced by the older man and then the heartbroken betrayal when she finds out the truth followed by sincere regret and a desire to make things right. Miller gave the audience every single one of these emotions during her performance.” -Edge Media Network