Magazine article Opera Canada

Houston

Magazine article Opera Canada

Houston

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Houston Grand Opera opened its 2012/13 season with a fine new co-production with Canadian Opera Company and San Francisco Opera of La boherne. Seen Oct. 21, the staging was traditional in appearance, but put a fresh face on the old warhorse. With the men's Paris garret littered with Marcello's in-progress canvases, David Farley's sets were as picturesquely shabby as his costumes for the bohemians. And, as embodied by a cast of strong actors, John Caird's staging was ideally lively, detailed and touching.

With her house-filling lyric soprano, Katie van Kooten made an uncommonly robust Mimi, and Dimitri Pittas sang with equal fervor and nearly as many decibels as Rodolfo. Heidi Stober delivered a nicely nuanced Musetta's Waltz, Michael Sumuel was .a resonant Schaunard and Vuyani Mlinde applied a handsome light bass to Conine's "Vecchia zimarra." Baritone Joshua Hopkins sang vibrantly as Marcello and vividly conveyed the lovesick painter's exasperation and passion, and fellow Canadian Robert Pomakov managed .to be funny without exaggeration as Benoit. Conductor Evan Rogister rushed the Cafe Momus revelry and led a dry-eyed account of Colline's poignantaria, but he gave other sentimental pages room to breathe and sigh.

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Pomakov played more than a cameo role in HGO's first-ever staging of Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri, seen Oct. 28.As Haly, he sang (with robust tone) one of the work's more famous numbers, "Le femmine d'Italia." For some reason, he also had a hook instead of a hand in a production shared with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Opera national de Bordeaux. …

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