Magazine article Opera Canada

Calgary. (CANADA)

Magazine article Opera Canada

Calgary. (CANADA)

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Calgary Opera's production of Madama Butterfly played to the warmest reception received by any of this season's productions, drawing a standing ovation for Chinese soprano Guiping Deng in the title role. Physically a perfect incarnation of the doomed Japanese heroine, Deng also sang the role to virtual perfection, her voice clear and sweet but also possessing the power to soar over the richly scored orchestral accompaniment.

She was partnered with capable cosingers who provided their own share of the evening's many musical and dramatic delights. Chief among them was Canadian baritone Theodore Baerg (Sharpless), delivered another of his excellently sung, dramatically convincing portrayals, his Sharpless a sympathetic and understanding father-figure presented with firm, opulent tone and true vocal authority.

American tenor Richard Troxell's Pinkerton was, in this instance, guilty more of youthful insensitivity than of outright villainy. Physically right for the part, Troxell delivered a vocally smallgauged performance, his voice attractively lyrical, if a bit underpowered for the large, vocally somewhat unflattering hall. …

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