Magazine article Opera Canada

Madrid: I Pagliaci

Magazine article Opera Canada

Madrid: I Pagliaci

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Richard Margison returned to the Teatro Real for the second time this season as Canio in I pagliacci. This is a role that fits the Canadian tenor, and he sang with just the right amount of confusion, horror and tragedy. Canio was proud to show a large tattooed heart on his shoulder, then incredulous as he witnessed Nedda and her lover, Silvio, planning their escape, and poignant as he finished his make-up beside the pale headlight of the troupe's caravan. Although Margison is not always comfortable with the higher registers, his voice communicated a truly heart-breaking "Ridi Pagliaccio."

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As Nedda, soprano Serena Daolio had only a few beautiful high notes. Veteran Spanish baritone Juan Pons (Tonio) was disappointing, mostly because he was forced to play a masturbating clown, while Angel Odena gave a pale rendition of Silvio, especially in the moving duo with his lover. And it was not a good night for the opera house chorus. …

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