Two Hispanic operatic aces of the twenty-first century, one who is a young lyric coloratura soprano from Madrid, Spain and is on the cusp of international acclaim and the other who is a light lyric tenor from Hermosillo, Mexico and has been a well-established Bel Canto star for decades, tackle the iconic Scottish star-crossed lovers.
Lucia di Lammermoor
A charming young lyric coloratura soprano rises to the challenge to bring one of the most famous Donizetti Bel Canto heroines of all time to the stage of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
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.
Jessica Pratt brings one of her greatest calling card roles to Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Élysées, where she is joined by one legendary conductor, one super dashing and charming lyric tenor, one dramatic baritone oozing with testosterone, one basso cantante/profondo known for his richly textured voice, one young light lyric tenor on the verge of international fame, another lyric tenor with an amazingly youthful voice, and a lovely young lyric mezzo. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well. I know I already mentioned this in the video review, but I just want to reiterate, as this serves as a sort of “petition”. To all opera houses, concert halls, and music studious, please, I am begging you, give coloratura sopranos like Jessica Pratt the opportunity to sing this opera in its original key. This happens once in a blue moon and for many an opera fan, listener, and expert this will be something worth remembering.
‘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.
Pretty Yende shows a lot of elegance and magnificent musical prowess as the tragic heroine, Lucia, and René Barbera makes his successful Deutsche Oper Berlin debut as her dashing yet doomed lover, Edgardo. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Tune in to this review of Lucia di Lammermoor to see how my first night at the Nationaltheater Mannheim was.