In Review: Crawford and Angus in Boston Lyric Opera's "Il barbiere di Siviglia"



"David Crawford’s Don Basilio offers a stirring basso which fits in with the comic drift but also has a rich elegance that moves one from beneath. . . The orchestra under David Angus is in fine form" -Boston Arts Diary


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"The speed of the music has to match the speed of the farce and music director David Angus keeps the momentum apace. . . best of all, David Crawford’s lashing, scene stealing turn as Don Basilio: Looking like one of the Munsters, walking like a peacock who is having difficulty unfurling his tail, Crawford makes the schemer irresistible. His La Calunnia, to my mind, is the highlight of the opera."

-Boston Arts Review


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"David Crawford’s rich, dark bass was perfect for the unconvincingly sinister music teacher Don Basilio." -Boston Musical Intelligencer


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"a sprightly orchestra led by music director David Angus. . . a comedic and vocal treat, as was David Crawford’s deliciously shifty Don Basilio, who was dressed like Marilyn Manson at a Renaissance Faire and lit with haunted-house green whenever he appeared. These three added distinct droll touches to their deliveries, but they never veered into true grotesquerie; Rossini’s melodies always carried the day." -Boston Globe


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