Magazine article Opera Canada

Ottawa

Magazine article Opera Canada

Ottawa

Article excerpt

Popular as Carmen is, it's surprisingly difficult to mount a really compelling production. Opera Lyra Ottawa got fairly close in its season-opening production in September, and the people who put the show together are to be commended to the extent that they succeeded.

Alessandra Volpe's Carmen was dramatically apt, aside from her modest French diction. She sang well, too, though one often wished for a bigger voice. David Pomeroy's Don Jose was more than adequate in that and every other respect, and one was grateful he didn't try to give the character psychological depths that aren't there. The most beautiful singing came from Lara Ciekiewicz, who portrayed Micaela as a strong person of simple virtue. Cory Crider had just the right voice for Escamillo, though he wasn't quite as much of a presence as he might have been. You might say that he didn't swash enough buckles.

The chorus was good for the most part, though its singing in Act I was a little flaccid. …

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