"Romeo may get top billing in the title, but Madison Opera’s latest production is all about the girl. . . Emily Birsan’s Juliet is a lusty, energetic teenager, giddy in love and intensely passionate. With her nurse (Allisanne Apple) she’s confident and headstrong. On stage, she draws the light. And on Gounod’s waltzes and arias, Birsan’s coloratura soprano sparkles brighter than the “inconstant moon” hanging over Juliet’s balcony. . . Birsan’s performance of “Amour, ranime mon courage” in Act IV is electrifying, as much a highlight as the sweet, bubbly (and more familiar) Act I waltz, “Je veux vivre.”
Liam Moran, the resonant, quietly poised bass playing the Friar"
-The Cap Times
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