Magazine article Opera Canada

Edmonton

Magazine article Opera Canada

Edmonton

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This summer's Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival reinforced past impressions that this emerging-artist program attracts many exceptional singers from across Canada and beyond, and, as before, several demonstrated that they are ready for prime time. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (Jun. 24), directed by former Edmonton Opera Artistic Director Brian Deedrick, was blessed with a very accomplished cast of principals.

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Catherine Bergeron sang Susanna brilliantly, already a complete performer who makes you want to watch her. Her Figaro, Gordon Bintner, has a similar appeal as a singer-actor.The production was more farcical than Nozze usually plays, partly because Tyler Fitzgerald's Count was an ineffectual machinator, enlivening the plot with a range of comic touches that emphasized the character's weaknesses more than his power. Deedrick gave the Count several moments when he could easily cross the line between exasperated husband to wife-beater, but Fitzgerald never looked menacing. By contrast, in the production's second cast, the powerfully sung Count of Brent Calis didn't help much with the comedy, looking and sounding at times as if he might morph into Puccini's Baron Scarpia. …

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