Magazine article Opera Canada

Madrid

Magazine article Opera Canada

Madrid

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An impassioned Sondra Radvanovsky made her mark as Tosca for the closing opera of die season at Madrid's Teatro Real (seen Jul. 20). The soprano was a powerhouse of volume in a fiery stage portrayal of Puccini's heroine, which captivated the Spanish audience from beginning to end. From her first backstage cries of Mario! Mario!" her vocal strength carried her through to "Morto! Morto!"on realizing that her beloved had truly been executed. This forcefulness was a drawback in a "Vissi d'arte" that lacked introspection. The voice is confident and large, but an excellent performance might have included more nuanced dynamics and intonation.

She was in the company of two other compelling voices. Cavaradossi was Jorge de Leon, a dashing young Spanish tenor with spectacularly well-placed and sustained high notes that compensate--for now anyway--for a weak middle register. As Scarpia, George Gagnidze was strong vocally and had just the right dose of depravity in his evil planning. Of the secondary roles, my applause was for a booming Valeriano Lanchas (Sacristan) and a gentle Ruth Gonzalez (shepherd boy). …

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