Magazine article Opera Canada

Saint Louis

Magazine article Opera Canada

Saint Louis

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Since its premiere at Covent Garden in 1954, William Walton's Troilus and Cressida has had a checkered and sparse performance history. After this stunning production by Stephen Lawless in June at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, one would hope this might change. It is a powerful opera, and even though it is concerned almost solely with the fraught love of the two protagonists, it is opera on a grand rather than intimate scale. Never has the small space at the Loretto-Hilton Theatre appeared so gloweringly massive as it did in Gideon Davey's set, which contributed to the staging's success, as of course did the orchestra conducted by Antony Walker. The chorus, directed by the Canadian Opera Company's Sandra Horst, had a particularly powerful impact. Roger Honeywell and Ellie Dehn played the two protagonists. Honeywell looked every inch the Trojan hero, his singing virile and impassioned. Walton wrote the role of Cressida with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf in mind. Dehn sang with Schwarzkopf's beautiful sense of line and exquisite musicality, but with her own distinctive voice. …

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