Magazine article Opera Canada

Marvin David Levy's Mourning Becomes Electra, Updated to the American Civil War Period

Magazine article Opera Canada

Marvin David Levy's Mourning Becomes Electra, Updated to the American Civil War Period

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Marvin David Levy's Mourning Becomes Electra, updated to the American Civil War period, swims in incestuous passion and murder, and Seattle Opera's production was quite effective.

While I found this to be entertaining theatrically, 1 can't say I liked it as opera. The music is nice enough--like very good film music. The large orchestra was interesting, and Richard Buckley led the players with passion and sweep. But there were so many loud high notes that they lost their effectiveness, and "almost none of them came as a climax to any kind of emotional or musical buildup.

Given the demands of this music, the cast could hardly have been better vocally. By far the largest parts were for the two lead sopranos singing file roles of Christine and Lavinia (Electra). Susan Marie Pierson and Canadian Rayanne Dupuis (headlining file second east) were more than adequate vocally. Pierson's voice had warmth, weight and ease in all ranges. …

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