Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera Lyra Ottawa

Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera Lyra Ottawa

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Opera Lyra Ottawa closed the season with an uninspired and uninspiring production of Verdi's Rigoletto. Uninspired because of the tired, conventional sets from the Cleveland Opera, amateur lighting and stage effects, and an utter lack of any convincing stage direction, despite Artistic Director Tyrone Paterson's assertion in the program of the renown of Czech stage director Ludek Golat. Uninspiring due to the almost total lack of conviction and engagement on the part of the singers.

Happily, two singers lent sincere and harmonious moments to the production. Canadian soprano Agathe Martel, although not a big voice, sang Gilda with sweetness and innocence. Her upper register was most impressive, and she tossed off her high notes and coloratura passages with ease and confidence. In addition, Montrealer Taras Kulish, in the small role of Sparafucile, gave an excellent dramatic interpretation. He sang and acted with appropriate conviction, and his well-rounded, powerful baritone must have rung out to the far reaches of the balcony. …

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