Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera De Montreal

Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera De Montreal

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Baritone Etienne Dupuis was in excellent form and the centre of Opera de Montreal's production of Il barbiere di Siviglia (Nov. 2014). The voice is fresh and agile, and his stage presence immense. The company's attempt to play into the Quebec star system, however, was problematic. Prior promotion on several TV shows to reach a mass audience overall affected the production negatively. By over-emphasizing the role of Figaro, this effervescent comedy turned a bit stale. As with Mozart's great comedies, the strength of Rossini's work comes from the equilibrium between all the characters. If anything, the lovers Rosina and Almaviva are the true stars of the show. By denaturing the opera, the dramatic thread became less effective.

As Rosina, Spain's Carol Garcia impressed with her rich mezzo. Her "Una voce poco fa" was a bit tentative, but she soon became more at ease both vocally and dramatically. It was refreshing to hear and see a truly coquettish Rosina, a charming and playful ingenue. The revelation of the show was Romanian tenor Bogdan Mihai, who displayed a lovely and refined voice and a strong stage presence. …

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