Magazine article Opera Canada

Romeo and Juliet (by Dallas Opera)

Magazine article Opera Canada

Romeo and Juliet (by Dallas Opera)

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DALLAS OPERA'S PRODUCTION OF GOUNOD'S Romeo and Juliet boasted a pair of young lovers who looked, acted and sang their roles with considerable skill and nuance. Jerry Hadley and Maureen O'Flynn began the opera as two teenagers falling in love at first sight and ended it as mature tragedians in a double suicide. Both sang beautifully, though O'Flynn's "Je veux vivre" was a little shaky and Hadley's top notes sometimes showed a little strain.

All the others in the large cast were better than adequate, with Paula Rasmussen (Stephano) and Kevin Langan (Friar Laurence) worthy of special mention.

Pasquale Grossi's sets were charmingly old-fashioned and well lit by Marie Barrett. Conductor Edoardo Mueller coaxed the orchestra into playing very well indeed.

It must be said that the Dallas Opera's update of Strauss's Elektra was a disaster. The original stage director, Michael Kahn, withdrew, so John Copley, already in Dallas to stage Il Trovatore, agreed to take over. Copley had staged Elektra in the traditional way at Covent Garden, but had to adapt his concept to that of Kahn, who saw the opera as being set in a concentration camp.

However, the production had a stellar cast, headed by Marylin Zschau (Elektra), who sang with dazzling power and effect. …

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