Magazine article Opera Canada

Spain: Madrid

Magazine article Opera Canada

Spain: Madrid

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Measha Brueggergosman sang both Giulietta and Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann last spring at Madrid's Teatro Real. The barefoot soprano from New Brunswick was confident on stage and she was powerfully communicative. But her otherwise lush voice required more sensuality for Giulietta, and she was best as Antonia in the duet with Hoffman in Act II. In this, her exuberance was matched with refinement. Her Hoffmann was American tenor Eric Cutler in a competent, if not inspired, performance. Outfitted in salemans' attire, it was hard to believe our hero was an artist at heart. The vocal acrobatics of Ana Durlovski as Olympia were enthusiastically applauded, though the splendid mezzo Anne Sophie von Otter, cast as a most depressingalco-holic, outshone everyone as Hoffmann's muse, Nicklausse. Vito Priante did not communicate sufficient evil genius in his four macabre roles. The house orchestra came across well under Sylvain Gambrel-ing's skillful baton in a score he treasures and readapted to use the original libretto and scene order. …

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