Magazine article Opera Canada

Portland

Magazine article Opera Canada

Portland

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Portland Opera closed its 42nd season with a warm and light-hearted Die Zauberflote May 12. Mary Dunleavy embodied Pamina with a voice that glowed at the centre and was silky smooth at the edges. Jonathan Boyd produced a pure, seamless tone and looked like a natural as prince Tamino. Jonathan Hays created a hilarious and down-to-earth Papageno.

Mari Moriya was a bit shaky in her first Queen of the Night aria, but nailed the second with vigor. Craig Hart, in the role of Sarastro, suffered from a cold, yet became stronger in Act II. Dana Beth Miller, Kendra Herrington and Angela Niederloh created three campy ladies. Amber Opheim as Papagena and Peter Blanchet as Monostatos had plenty of chutzpa to ignite waves of laughter from the audience.

Maurice Sendak's whimsy-filled costumes placed an accent on hats. The three ladies wore colorful Victorian-inspired garb with giant hats. The Queen of the Night looked resplendent in a star-bedecked dress and headdress that was akin to a nun's habit. Papageno's getup was adorned with a parrot's head, and Papagena wore a billowy, pillowy skirt and a country bumpkin's hat that she sheds before revealing herself as a sexy young thing. …

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