Sumegi "thrilling" in Victorian Opera's "Salome"

02.27.2020

 

"With its cavernous auditorium, The Palais is the closest thing Victoria has to a grand European opera house. The acoustic is no challenge for Australian bass-baritone Daniel Sumegi or English tenor Ian Storey, who give thrilling vocal turns as Jochanaan and Herod respectively."
-The Sidney Morning Herald 
 

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"Sumegi makes a wonderfully forthright and resolute Jochanaan, his sonorous baritone driving through the phrasing like a Mack Truck."
-TimeOut.com

 

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"Bass-baritone Daniel Sumegi has a similarly imposing presence as Jochanaan (John the Baptist) and his compelling performance early in the opera leaves a lasting impact on the ensuing drama. In excellent form, Sumegi infuses his vocals with richly burnished darkness that adds significant emotional heft to the storytelling. Sumegi’s off-stage singing from Jochanaan’s cell is particularly expressive and always commands attention."
-Simon Parris

 

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"The role of Jochanaan is also a difficult one to cast; it needs a dramatic baritone able to sing this massive role and also be as thin and white as Salome describes him in the libretto. Daniel Sumegi sings the role beautifully and plays the drama of his character to the fullest, his voice rich and colourful above the dense and strident score."
-Classic Melbourne

 

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"The role of Jochanaan (John the Baptist) demands an enormous voice which must thunder from backstage as well as on stage, and in international Australian bass, Daniel Sumegi, VO had one of the few who could do this justice."
-Stage Whispers

 

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