Magazine article Opera Canada

Little Opera Company

Magazine article Opera Canada

Little Opera Company

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You'd be hard pressed to come up with a better holiday show than Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, And it will now be difficult to imagine this one-act chamber opera without the Little Opera Company's choice of Anton Dahl-Sokalski in the title role.The company staged the heartwarming classic last December under the glorious stained-glass windows of Winnipeg's First Presbyterian Church. Notably the poignant opera that premiered Dec. 24, 1951, on NBC television also launched LOC as its inaugural production in 1995.

At 10, Dahl-Sokalski is quickly establishing himself as a versatile artist who can at once move you to tears or make you laugh. His treble is crystal clear and he appears to already possess good stage instincts. He made his opera debut two years ago as Dolore in Manitoba Opera's Madama Butterfly and more recently impressed as the Second Spirit in the company's spring production of Die Zanherfldte. In Amah!, his two major solos "Don't Cry, Mother Dear" (sung to Winnipeg mezzo Kirsten Schel-lenberg) and "I was a Shepherd" were clearly enunciated and his flute-like voice easily nailed his highest notes. Hobbling on one foot as the disabled boy, he also proved a convincing actor. But perhaps his success wasn't so surprising: while his father, Raymond Sokalski, performed one of the chorus of shepherds, his mother, soprano Tracy Dahl, looked proudly on. …

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