Susanne Mentzer "imposing" and "dignified" in Central City "Ballad of Baby Doe"

07.13.2016

 

"Mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer is an imposing, but dignified Augusta. It would have been easy for Moore and Latouche to write the character out of Act II, after Horace leaves her for Baby Doe, but thankfully they did not. Mentzer makes the most out of her final scenes, where she rejects help for the now-destitute Horace and where she, as an apparition, guides him through the review of his life before he dies penniless. Yet her Act I numbers, particularly the office scene where she confirms the affair, do not lose in impact either." -Daily Camera

 

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