Magazine article Opera Canada

L'Opera De Montreal

Magazine article Opera Canada

L'Opera De Montreal

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Just another Boheme? If forced to sum up L'Opera de Montreal run of February in three words, I might settle for these. There was some solid singing and acting from the supporting players on the penultimate night, but soprano Marie-Josee Lord was strained as Mimi and tenor Marc Hervieux (particularly in Act I) made Rodolfo sound like the consumptive. One must wonder about the quality of advice this once-promising Canadian--a much better Alfredo in his last OdeM appearance--is getting. Stage direction by Brian Deedrick was conventional, excepting the regrettable decision to engineer a re-entry into the garret by the lovebirds at the end of the Act I. Meaning, presumably, that Rodolfo scores before heading out to the Cafe Momus.

Speaking of that establishment, it was represented in this so-so production from San Diego by a collage of giant posters. Maybe my dictionary has an incorrect definition of verismo. Wunderkind Yannick Nezet-Seguin, leading his Orchestre Metropolitain, fashioned many expressive parabolas, but too often at the expense of forward motion. …

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