Magazine article Opera Canada

Moordale Concerts

Magazine article Opera Canada

Moordale Concerts

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Performing at the University of Toronto's Walter Hall, Moordale Concerts launched its season with a delightful concert version of a rare Haydn opera featuring, for the most part, rising young alent. The charming, light-hearted La Fedelta Premiata is the usual 18th-century mish-mash of thwarted love and mistaken identity. With droll opera guru Stuart Hamilton as narrator to fill in the story blanks, the four singers, garbed in period costumes, played a multitude of roles by cleverly adding or taking off accessories. Collectively, thee quartet functioned as the chorus, and because the singers had memorized their roles, they were able to portray characters to a greater degree, and proved effective singing actors.

The talented young conductor was Julian Kuerti, looking like a clone of his famous pianist father in a velvet jacket and sprightly bow tie. Under him, the mostly very young, chamber-size Moordale Festival Orchestra produced an even tone that was gently colored with dramatic effects and subtle nuance. Particularly impressive was the expressive nature of Kuerti's disciplined reading as he worked to differentiate the opera's many moods. …

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