In Review: Mechavich and Ollarsaba in Kentucky Opera's "Carmen"

"Under the baton of Joseph Mechavich, our Louisville Orchestra was true and passionate to the beloved score. . . One of the most memorable occurrences of the evening was the entrance of Richard Ollarsaba’s Escamillo. Donned in a beautiful pin-striped suit, dapper to the nines and with a tight barbered scruff, he was a vision of want and desire. But as he began to sing the Toreador song, I know I heard one or more members of the audience, if not the singers on stage, make an audible gasp of “Wow”. And deservedly so. Rich undertones and a velvety top make his Escamillo one of the best that I have heard in recent past."

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