Magazine article Opera Canada

L'Opera De Montreal

Magazine article Opera Canada

L'Opera De Montreal

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L'Opera de Montreal mounted Verdi's Il trovatore around the composer's Jan. 27 birthday and it was a worthy tribute. An outstandingly sung production, it was quire the vehicle for Korean tenor Dongwon Shin and Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura. Although he' was not OdeM's original choice for Manrico, Shin's warm tone and impressively consistent high notes helped cast the eponymous troubadour as a classic dashing; hero and made for a crowd-pleasing "Di quella pira." At times, however, he seemed hampered by a reserved, riot quite open-throated projection.

Omura has a very bright and buttery tone, but sometimes lacked the solid chest voice to balance it. She seems to be more of a lyric soprano, although there was just enough weight to carry off her first attempt at Leonora. Rounding oft the love triangle, Canadian baritone Gregory Dahl was a fine if not very menacing di Luna. The strongest voice was that of Italian mezzo Laura 13rioli, cutting through every scene to make a suitably. fiery Azucena.

Supporting roles were filled nicely by Venezuelan Ernesto Mai illo as Ferrando and several graduates of OdeM's Atelier lyrique, including Karim Boucher as Ines. …

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