Gaetano Donizetti

Ah, La Grande Madama Diana Damrau. Fresh from her role debut as Maria Stuarda in Zürich, she brought this iconic queen to Berlin accompanied by some equally wonderful singing actors. I know I should have mentioned this in the review, but I’ll say it anyway. I am anticipating the day she adds Anna Bolena and especially the Roberto Devereux Elisabetta I, as she will definitely knock these roles right out of the park. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.  

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My time here in Oslo has come to an end and what better way for my trip to go out with a bang than with this charming production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore live from the Met headed by Maestro Domingo Hindoyan and starring Pretty Yende and Matthew Polenzani as the iconic lovers, Adina and Nemorino. This also marks the successful debut of one baryton noble, Monsieur Davide Luciano as Belcore. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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Two fabulous and versatile sopranos playing two historical British queens, one who is the pristine, pure-toned, and elegant lyric-dramatic coloratura soprano Marlis Petersen as Maria Stuarda of Scots and the other who is the alluring, noble, and gorgeous spinto soprano Alexandra Deshorties as Elisabetta I of England. These two divas join forces under the Theater an der Wien’s majestic roof. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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What happens when you combine a Russian dramatic coloratura soprano known to the world for her sizable instrument which she produces with abandon, a Polish full lyric tenor whose gallant presence has made him internationally famous, a virile American dramatic baritone oozing with testosterone, a Romanian basso cantante who is on the cusp of international fame, and three fine American opera stars consisting of two lyric tenors and a lyric mezzo-soprano? Find out in this review and let me know your opinions as well.

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have come to this. The phenomenal Bel Canto diva, Jessica Pratt, has made her role debut as Adina, as she is joined by her Nemorino, the stylishly fabulous, Pavol Breslik. In addition to them, they are joined by other awesome Italianate singers, the virile low comic baritone, Signore Paolo Bordogna as Belcore, the charismatic comic baritone, Signore Roberto di Candia as Il Dottore Dulcamara, and the stellar rising young light lyric soprano, Señorita Mercedes Gancedo as Giannetta. How does this extraordinary, noble, masterful, and grand troupe of megastars fare? Find out in this review and let me know your opinions as well.

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‘Twas a dark, claustrophobic, and creepy production of Lucia di Lammermoor. And a fine lyric soprano with a good coloratura technique rose to the challenge to take on such an iconic heroine, as she has also sung this in some opera houses. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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