In Review: Ringle, Outlaw, and Wood impress in UrbanArias' "Shining Brow"

10.18.2017

 

"The outstanding mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle, her voice dark and warm and a tangible anchor in the ensembles. . . As Wright, the fine baritone Sidney Outlaw . . .The whole thing was, though, a generally intense and pleasurable musical experience in the hands of UrbanArias founder and conductor Robert Wood." 

-Anne Midgette, Washington Post

 

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"Taking on this complicated challenge was Sidney Outlaw as Frank Lloyd Wright. In “And her scent, was it musk?” and “Each room opens into the next” in particular, Outlaw’s powerful baritone showcased a man driven by the muse of passion and his quest of perfect form. . . The most immediate of these relationships was with his wife, Catherine, played by the dignified Rebecca Ringle. A devoted wife crushed by the inconstancy of her husband, she pleads to keep her family together in the sorrowful aria, “If not for mine, then for the children’s sake.” Ringle’s warm, rounded mezzo gives Catherine’s grief roots and as her voice falls on deaf ears, Ringle’s transformation into a knowing, judging observer produces some spectacularly piercing looks that could break stone. . . Not to be overlooked, the members of the Inscape Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Robert Wood were also superb."

- Em Skow, DC Metro Theater Arts

 

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