In Review: Calenos and Whitney in Cleveland Opera Theater's "La bohème

09.24.2019

 

"Singing was high-quality throughout the opera. The clear-voiced soprano Eleni Calenos was a sympathetic Mimi opposite the robust tenor Mackenzie Whitney as Rodolfo, who relaxed in his high register as he went along." -Cleveland Classical

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"As the poet Rodolfo, tenor Mackenzie Whitney brought a lightness of tone and earnestness of demeanor to a difficult role that requires the singer to walk the line between ardent lover and callous cad, a distinction Whitney managed admirably. . . But the opera really hinges on the role of the consumptive seamstress Mimi. Soprano Eleni Calenos was an inspired choice, with her rich tone and exquisite control, shifting easily from timid introvert to passionate (and deeply wronged) lover. Her death scene in Act Four was wrenching and entirely believable."

- Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

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