Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera Nova Scotia

Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera Nova Scotia

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Opera Nova Scotia offered Mozart's Idomeneo in June with an orchestral ensemble of 25, conducted by Walter Kemp, and a chorus of 18. The stage was simply, but dramatically, designed, with floating fabric pillars creating the effect of a temple and a raised conch-shaped platform suggesting a rocky seacoast. A wide screen at the back displayed sea motifs effectively.

A powerful tenor, Jason Davis, sang the part of Idomeneo beautifully, convincing in his despair when he realized the consequences of his commitment to Neptune. Mezzo Erin Crooks portrayed his son, Idamante, sweetly, making his imminent death all the more poignant. Soprano Jennifer Farrell made her love for Idamante real and touching in a delightful version of Ilia. The most dramatically complex role in this opera, with some of the best music, is that of Elettra, superbly sung by soprano Olga Tylman. She showed a wide range of emotion, although her turmoil was not clearly accessible to the audience. …

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