Non-Registered Critics: Maria Nockin


La Traviata

Romanian soprano Adela Zaharia, the Operalia winner from 2017 who made her LAO debut last year as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, was a well schooled Violetta who was able to encompass various aspects of this complex role. She sang the difficult coloratura of "Sempre Libera" (Always Free") to perfection and retained jewel-like color in her voice for the emotionally rich later scenes. Her death scene was particularly powerful as she collapsed in Alfredo's arms.

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POP Presents The Magic Flute

Conductor Edward Benyas led the twenty-one piece orchestra in a fine reading of Mozart's score along with a few interpolations of the composer's divertimento music that covered some scene changes. The video game FLUTE is a great change of pace and lots of fun for those who love opera with a flair.

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Although the libretto makes it an appropriate first opera for children, musically, this opera with its fully fleshed-out orchestration appeals to adults. Composer Engelbert Humperdinck worked with Richard Wagner on PARSIFALand was influenced by his works. HANSEL has some orchestral parallels with LOHENGRIN and THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, for example.

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