Magazine article Opera Canada

The Metropolitan Opera. (Opera in Review: New York)

Magazine article Opera Canada

The Metropolitan Opera. (Opera in Review: New York)

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Passing up an opportunity to hear Deborah Voigt's acclaimed performance of Cassandra in Berlioz's Les Troyens to hear her sing the title role in a revival of the Metropolitan Opera production of Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos proved a good trade-off. Voigt and the stellar cast with her generated one of those nights at the opera not easily forgotten. She has the right big, plummy sound for this role, and a feeling for the portamento that makes the music for Strauss's grandes dames seem to float effortlessly in space sometimes. She may not be the subtlest actress on the stage, but--surely the hallmark of a great singer-she rivets attention with the sound of her voice and her musicianship. Natalie Dessay (Zerbinetta) is a good actress--and a good comic, too--and was stunning here in the different coloratura female writing. Her performance wasn't glitch-free vocally, but nobody cared. It was stunning enough to stop the production for a good couple of minutes at one point Susan Mentzer provided a fine, more serious foil as the composer. …

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