The forged that Inventive and Track Director Craig Kier assembled for this manufacturing was once one I very much appeared ahead to seeing and listening to, having loved performances via lots of them up to now. The selection of singers and inventive body of workers wanted for Figaro is not easy. Twelve named singers are indexed in this system and there was once a fifteen-member refrain. A number of of the soloists are rising stars which can be not simply exhibiting ability and possible, however are starting to dazzle.
The position of Figaro was once performed via baritone Efrain Solis, whom I’ve observed up to now in productions via Washington Live performance Opera and Virginia Opera. He performed smartly the cunning Figaro, deeply in love along with his spouse and decided to give protection to his pursuits, very succesful within the funny banter, which was once frequently ongoing. Mr. Solis has a deep roasted baritone and sings expertly. His Susanna was once soprano Helen Zhibing Huang whom I’ve heard up to now with Washington Live performance Opera. She has a vivid soprano voice and sings smartly, taking part in a beleaguered Susannah, feigning feelings to carryout plots, in addition to exhibiting trustworthy ones. It was once my first time listening to baritone Kevin Godinez, who has a wealthy, lighter baritone, and sang exceedingly smartly, on occasion impressively, as Depend Almavira. It was once attention-grabbing to look at his efficiency because the Depend who adjustments over the process the night, shifting from an effete nobleman tricky to take critically to a ruler who starts to take keep an eye on and looks threatening earlier than his transformation as a recalcitrant; on the identical time, he absolutely participates within the comedy. The Countess is essentially the most sympathetic position within the opera and has one of the crucial most pretty arias. I’ve observed soprano Rachel Blaustein, who performed the position, a number of instances: within the 2019 Annapolis Opera Vocal Festival, in an Opera Theatre of St. Louis efficiency this previous summer time, and previous this yr in a efficiency with Maryland Lyric Opera. She has a stupendous soprano voice and sings fantastically, maneuvering simply in her upper sign up. My takeaway from this efficiency is that she is not an rising opera megastar; soprano Rachel Blaustein has arrived.
Along with the Figaro-Susanna romance and the Depend-Countess romance, Mozart and Da Ponte gave us Dr. Bartolo-Marcellina and Cherubino-Barberino romances, each and every with their very own problems. Bass-baritone Andrew Adelsberger was once a very good Dr. Bartolo, officious and pompous. Marcellina was once performed via mezzo-soprano Hannah Shea. I first heard Ms. Shea sing in Washington Nationwide Opera’s American Opera Initiative after which in WNO’s efficiency of Carmen; she is a extremely promising younger performer. In Figaro, she displayed a ability for comedy in addition to making a song. Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Sarian in a pants position as Cherubino was once one of the most highlights of the efficiency, making a song and performing and go dressing (do you suppose that Figaro can now be carried out in Tennessee?). Turkish soprano Öznur Tülüoglu made an impact in a minor position as Barbarino, love passion of Cherubino. Can she be that excellent? I’d like to grasp, extra please. Bridesmaids soprano Amanda Densmoor and soprano Denique Isaac had been pleasant of their duet right through the wedding scene. Tenor Brian Walling was once a vivid spot in two roles, Basilio, the track instructor, and Don Curzio, the pass judgement on; he displayed a deft, herbal comedian contact. Bass-baritone Christopher Hartung was once an a laugh Antonio, the drunken gardener.