Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera Orchestra of New York. (United States: New York; Opera in Review)

Magazine article Opera Canada

Opera Orchestra of New York. (United States: New York; Opera in Review)

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For its final offering of the season, performed in concert form, Opera Orchestra of New York unearthed another remarkable Donizetti score. Eve Queler assembled a distinctive cast for Marino Faliero, able to cope with its extreme vocal demands, which are probably one reason for its relative obscurity. Another may be its dark, sombre tale of the tragic, heroic title character, the Doge of Venice: a friend of the people, yet hated by the upper class, he is also betrayed by his wife, Elena, who has committed adultery with his nephew, Fernando. Though she repents and is forgiven, it is too late; the Doge is condemned to death by the Venetian Council and is executed.

Grave and noble in bearing, conveying maturity despite his youth, the fine Canadian John Relyea was most impressive in his sympathetic characterization of the Doge, projecting his smooth, rich voice with resonance and clarity. His Dogaressa was portrayed by the young Spanish soprano Angeles Blancas with a strong, penetrating sound, marked by a singular emotive quality, appropriate for the part. …

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