Magazine article Opera Canada

Teatro Real

Magazine article Opera Canada

Teatro Real

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Before her summer Salzburg date for Fidelio with Jonas Kaufmann, Adrianne Pieczonka was a gentle Leonore in her debut at Madrid's Teatro Real. As the tenacious heroine, her vocal line was most expressive and careful throughout, but the delicate touch did not auger well for the top notes on Jun. 17. With her same quiet strength, the Canadian soprano was responsive to Marcellina and respectful of Rocco. What was missing was the canto di forza, that penetrating, fiall-bodied voice in "Abscheulicher," where her quest to save Florestan will stop at nothing. Michael Konigs Florestan was too contained in his opening aria and his vehemence was measured until the final moments of the opera, when, at last, the tenor found inspiration. Franz-Josef Selig was a most compassionate Rocco, his head bowed as though the responsibilities of chief jailor weighed on him. His duo with Leonore as he described Florestan's condition was desperately moving. Anett Fritsch was a lively (but never exaggerated) Marcellina, her luminous "O war ich' shon" was a highlight of the evening. Ed Lyon was a devoted, not always audible Jacquino. Alan Held was a nasty Pizarro, but his portrayal required greater vocal ferocity for the cruel Governor. …

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