Magazine article Opera Canada

The Opera in Concert

Magazine article Opera Canada

The Opera in Concert

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The Opera in Concert performance of Bellini's I Puritani (Mar. 28) was a disappointment because it failed to pass the bel canto goosebump test. By that I mean the thrill that sweeps through the listener when a singer has captured the excitement of the repertoire--the soaring high notes, the commanding low notes, the tortuous coloratura. The slow cavatina may be sweetly sung, but a bel canto singer's reputation rests with the delivery of the virtuoso cabaletta. OinC Artistic Director Guillermo Silva-Marin usually has a good ear for casting, particularly in introducing his audience to new voices, but frankly, very little worked in this performance.

Soprano Kristin Mueller-Heaslip is known as a purveyor of new music, and while her clear, pure sound would probably work very well in the avant-garde, in bel canto she is a chirper. Despite her pretty voice, precise coloratura and strong acting skills, her Elvira lacked spinto bite, and her limp mad scene failed to engage. …

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