Magazine article Opera Canada

New Westminster, B.C

Magazine article Opera Canada

New Westminster, B.C

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DragonDiva Operatic Theatre, a new company created and nurtured by Artistic Director Jeanine Fynn and Music Director John Arsenault, presented a polished Cendrillon by Massenet (seen Aug. 29). Given in an English translation by Arsenault and Dionne Sellinger, Fynn's staging achieved a delightful counterpoint between the broad humor of a hen-pecked husband dealing with an imperious wife and two obnoxious step-daughters and the anguished romance of the principals.

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It played out in the historic, 180-seat Bernie Legge Theatre, originally built in Queen's Park by the federal government in 1909 as a fisheries exhibition space. Arsenault conducted, with piano accompaniment by Angus Kellett.

Cinderella/Lucette, sung by lyric mezzo Lisa-Dawn Kilthau, projected a resigned optimism in her carefully shaped phrasing and clear articulation. Her voice warmed as she discovered love, then turned to anguish with her required midnight escape. Lyric mezzo Dionne Sellinger was a very convincing courtly young man in the trouser role of Prince Charming. She has the dark, dramatic voice Massenet's score demands, and used it to full advantage. Her height and fluid movement, owning her space on stage, further added to a memorable portrayal. …

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