Jesse Blumberg offers an elegantly sung Figaro with On Site Opera's "Marriage of Figaro" by Marco Portugal

07.06.2016

 

"One slight but interesting difference in emphasis notable in Portugal’s version is a strong focus on the two leading male characters of the piece, the lustful Count Almaviva and his antagonistic servant Figaro. Appropriately, these two roles boasted On Site’s strongest casting. . . In contrast, Jesse Blumberg’s honeyed lyric baritone created a vulnerable, boyish Figaro you could easily believe the Count might crush like a bug. The happy denouement for once seemed not the product of force of will but simple good fortune, a curiously satisfying conclusion." -Observer.com

 

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"Baritone Jesse Blumberg, as Figaro, was a thoroughly charismatic presence every time he appeared" -Broadway World


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"In the title role, Jesse Blumberg sang with a bluff baritone and the manic, Bugs Bunny-like energy needed for this quicksilver character, the Everyman who holds his own against his master's plots. Soprano Jeni Houser was a bright, pert Susanna. . . Their scenes together, tender at first and later occasionally violent (at one point she knees her would-be hubs in the crotch) had real fire and chemistry that was made even more intense in the close quarters. The very physical final act was a tour-de-force for both singers as they foiled Almaviva and (at least temporarily) saved his marriage." -Super-Conductor

 

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"The extensive experience of Michigan-trained baritone Jesse Blumberg as a Lieder singer showed in his soft-grained and elegantly sung Figaro." -Opera Today

 

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