Magazine article Opera Canada

Tosca and the Elixir of Love (by San Diego Opera)

Magazine article Opera Canada

Tosca and the Elixir of Love (by San Diego Opera)

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SAN DIEGO

THE FIRST TWO OPERAS PRODUCED IN SAN Diego Opera's 1996 season were Puccini's Tosca and Donizetti's The Elixir of Love. Both were well sung and attractively produced.

SDO's vivacious resident conductor, Karen Keltner, presided over the pit for Elixir, while English stage director John Cox, director of productions at Covent Garden, made his San Diego debut, moving the large, luscious-voiced chorus well on Roger Butlin's painterly set.

Soprano Deborah Riedel (Adina) displayed a supple, lustrous voice that was truly a joy. New Zealand tenor Patrick Power (Nemorino) is such a fine, sensitive actor that, despite the fact he is no longer a boy, his portrayal brought out all the boyish charm and appeal of this simple man. English bass-baritone Andrew Shore was endearing as Dulcamara, and Shore and Power created a marvellous blend of voices in their Act Two duet, "Vendi scudi." American baritone David Malis sang the role of the pompous Sgt. …

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