Sunday, December 8, 2013
DONT MISS THIS DON
Enter Donna Elvira, a role which requires a large sound; soprano Zhanna Alkhazova fulfilled the requirements of the role to perfection. She has been seduced and abandoned by the Don and pursues him throughout the opera. Her "Mi tradito" was superb as she did a fine job of limning the ambivalence Donna Elvira has toward her love object. A high point of the opera is Leporello's delivery of the so-called Catalogue Aria in which he disabuses Donna E. of her romantic notions. The Don has seduced thousands of women! Interestingly, during the course of this opera he never succeeds; but oh, how he tries!
His next attempted conquest is that of the naive peasant girl Zerlina on the day of her marriage to Masetto. Soprano Madison Marie McIntosh has the adorable appearance and bright young sound needed for this role and bass-baritone Kian Freitas was excellent as the ironic and suspicious Masetto. Zerlina has two charming arias in which she succeeds in manipulating Masetto out of his moods--"Batti, batti" and "Vedrai carino". The famous duet with the Don "La ci darem la mano" was well handled. Bass Elias Notus had a commanding presence as Il Commendatore.
The diction was exemplary; at certain points the sur-titles went missing but not a word was lost.
There will be one more opportunity to experience this superb cast who will be performing the opera at Symphony Space on Thursday, December 12th. Consider this event to be highly recommended.
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