Magazine article Opera Canada

Saskatoon Opera

Magazine article Opera Canada

Saskatoon Opera

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Saskatoon Opera's most recent production turned out to be, with titular apologies to Rossini and his librettist, II barbiere sexy di Siviglia. Often, "sexy" is reserved for the romantic tenor lead, Count Almaviva, but this Figaro brought a somewhat sizzling, lean athleticism to the role--appealing enough to confuse the most devoted Rosina.

Clarence Frazer, in tidy beard, striped tails and velvet trousers, introduced himself dragging a cart of potions that would have been at home in a snake-oil salesman's caravan. Launching into his "Largo al factotum," his nimble and clear baritone assured the listener that his singing would stand up to his acting, and so it did.

That proved the case for all of the cast members, who threw themselves into the opera buffa tradition with gusto. Frazer first set the tone, followed by Saskatoon's Danika Loren in a homecoming tour de force. She was the perfect Rosina, mixing the beauty with the scamp, and topping off her scrumptious performance with ringing high notes and gorgeous mid-range expression. Would she, however, fall for Figaro, and change the course of operatic history? …

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