Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera York's

Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera York's

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The Feb. 29 performance of Opera York's Don Giovanni coincided with a huge snowstorm. Even though the curtain was held for 20 minutes, many latecomers were being led to their seats for most of the first hour--annoying but forgivable under the circumstances. Those who braved the elements were rewarded with a good performance. The two best singers were baritone Andrew Tees in his first staged Don Giovanni and soprano Sinead Sugrue in her first Donna Anna. The most experienced of the principals, Tees combined a mellifluous baritone with powerful stage presence to dominate his scenes. Sugrue has the right voice and flexibility for Anna, and sang a fine "Or sai." Sean Clark made a promising Ottavio, although be encountered heavy weather in the upper reaches and coloratura passages of "II mio Tesoro." Quebec mezzo Marcelle Boisjoli (Zerlina) and Michael Uloth (Masetto) made a charming couple, she in particular had the right balance of innocence and worldliness, and sang a nice "Verdai carino." As Elvira, soprano Giovanna Carini combined a lovely, rich middle with excessive vibrato in high forte passages. Veteran baritone Douglas Tranquada was a lively Leporello, and Gerrit Theule a reliable Commendatore. …

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