Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera York

Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera York

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Opera York's spring production of The Magic Flute received two performances in the acoustically friendly and intimate Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. In its marketing strategy, OY played up the coup of having the distinguished Canadian bass Gary Relyea as Sarastro. Seen on opening night (Mar. 5), Relyea showed that at 73, he could still summon the requisite gravitas and vocalism as Sarastro. The rest of the cast was strong, led by Anne Marie as a sweet-voiced Pamina. She sang with focused tone, nice legato and plentiful breath reserve, ideal in the long phrases of "Ach ich fuhls." She was well partnered by the clarion-voiced Tamino of Riccardo Iannello. Veteran baritone Douglas Tranquada outdid himself as an endearing Papageno, speaking in a perfect Scottish Highlands brogue. The bird-catcher is a homeless drunk at the beginning of the opera, thanks to the fertile imagination of stage director Renee Salewski. Elizabeth Polese (Papagena) was delightful in her brief moments. …

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