Magazine article Opera Canada

Atlanta

Magazine article Opera Canada

Atlanta

Article excerpt

Atlanta Opera's Cosi fan tutte (Mar.) was a night of impeccable singing from every member of the young cast. Soprano Keri Alkema sang Fiordiligi with a rich, secure sound and fine technique. Hugely talented, she seems to have burst onto the scene in the last year or so after switching from the mezzo register. Mozart loved his sopranos, and gave them his best music. None of it was wasted on Alkema, whose portrayal of frailty and sensitivity served to pull the evening back from farce.

Atlanta mezzo Jennifer Holloway brought a bright, focused, seemingly effortless sound and good looks to the role of Dorabella. She used facial gestures and body language to heighten an impish and playful portrayal of her character, making for an ideal contrast with Alkema.

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Fast-rising Canadian baritone Phillip Addis sang the role of Guglielmo with compelling vigor and creamy sound, secure in the upper register. His movie-star looks and charisma added to his appeal. Matthew Plenk brought a trumpet-like light tenor voice to the role of Fernando. There is ample power in his voice, and a level of security not normally heard in such a young tenor.

Kiera Duffy provided a vivid portrayal of Despina. …

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