Magazine article Opera Canada

Milwaukee

Magazine article Opera Canada

Milwaukee

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The closing production of Florentine Opera's season was a buoyant, polished Don Pasquale. It was one of those occasions when everything came together to create an almost magical whole. From the very first measures of the overture, the highly articulate beat of maestro Louis Salemno promised an unusual musical event: energized, articulate, crisp and clean. Then the delightful setting created by designer John Conklin (originally for the San Francisco Opera) was revealed, and it set the visual spirit of the opera--light, airy and stylish. The quality of the performance was confirmed by the singers, a highly talented and artfully balanced ensemble that seemed to be enjoying itself immensely. Director Francois Loup offered a light-hearted, neatly detailed and elegantly executed passage through the story. Canadian bass Peter Strummer, a highly experienced buffo artist, was ideal in the title role, artfully finding all the fun to be had with the character. His fumbling with an ill-fitting hair-piece--meant to impress Sofronia--was delightful, and his spitfire Italian patter was impressive. …

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