In Review: Burns and Crider in Virginia Opera's "L'elisir d'amore"

"In playing Belcore, Corey Crider unleashes a rich baritone voice that's almost too profound for his character. And Crider made the most of the comedic possibilities in a soldier who loves women — a lot — but loves himself much more. Likewise, Matthew Burns delighted the audience with his Dr. Dulcamara, the quack who sells Nemorino the elixir of love — which is just cheap wine. Burns' bass-baritone rang out joyfully, and he danced and moved and mugged with a knowing, devilish grace." -The Virginian-Pilot

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"Matthew Burns plays him to a tee, inventing wonderful stage business to accompany his commanding and persuasive voice. . . Corey Crider has the right kind of voice to play an effective Belcore. When his character’s humor arises naturally from the situation, he is an effective actor, as well."

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