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    by Published on July 20th, 2012 10:32 PM
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    Some operas can only have been written by a specific composer. One can speculate on what a Donizetti ...
    by Published on July 10th, 2012 05:13 AM

    Months have passed since the last professional opera production in the Denver area and seemingly as ...
    by Published on July 6th, 2012 05:47 PM

    Elizabeth Caballero's lush lyric voice has filled opera houses all around the country for well over a decade. She has recently appeared as Mimi in the Central City (Colorado) Opera's opening night of La Bohème [read our review by clicking (here)]

    [Opera Lively interview # 39]

    Artistic Biography (© Copyright 2012 Elizabeth Caballero):

    Cuban-American soprano Elizabeth Caballero"brought great warmth and emotion" as Magda in Florida Grand Opera's La Rondine to begin 2012. The current season began last fall when she opened Lyric Opera of Kansas City's new opera house as Liu in their new production of Turandot and "her performance of the piece was stunning". She recently performed “the strongest and most memorable performance of this production as Micaela with her soaring, lyrical soprano and poised, graceful presence” for Central City Opera. She was also “a truly wonderful Violetta” for Madison Opera and had a triumph as Liu in Florida Grand Opera’s season-opening Turandot last fall. "Elizabeth Caballero gave a meltingly effective performance...in the aria Signore, ascolta...her warm, middle range tones and floating high notes made for a moving plea to the prince". Just prior she was Nedda with Kentucky Opera. During the summer she sang recitals in Montevideo after her highly successful recital in Miami in June. She made her house debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Frasquita in their new Carmen this past season.
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    by Published on April 30th, 2012 05:19 PM
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    All pictures courtesy of Opera Colorado

    Il Trovatore is often presented in a semi-staged production and it's easy to see why – the demands of the opera include numerous settings, a very active chorus, and singers who must have a compelling stage presence to convey the belivability of one of opera's less likely librettos. Opera Colorado forgoes the notion of doing it halfway and valienty presents a Trovatore that hits far more often than it misses.

    Although there is a single set for the four acts, lighting is used effectively to alter the dimensions and feel, with a gypsy camp and a prison believably conveyed. As the opera opens, the Ferrando (Wayne Tigges) narrates a bit of necessary backstory in his aria Di due figli vivea beato. Mr. Tigges sounds much more comfortable in the higher end of the aria's tessitura where his voice is full and lovely but roughens a bit towards the lower reaches. Pacing around, he sings with appreciable intensity as he relates the story of a gypsy put to death for the bewitching of the Count di Luna's younger brother.

    Speaking of which, the Conte di Luna (Robert Hyman) is a baritone with a round and deep sound. Mr. Hyman sounds (and in his makeup looks) a bit like French baritone Laurent Naouri. Mr. Hyman particularly shines in the Act 1 duel, with some gorgeously floated lines. Fully invested in his lines, he delivers them with gusto and makes it look easy.
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    by Published on March 25th, 2012 05:23 AM

    READ THIS EXCELLENT EXCLUSIVE IN-DEPTH ARTICLE ABOUT MS. DESSAY'S LIFE AND CAREER, AUTHORED BY OUR STAFF MEMBER RGZ:

    Artist In-Depth: Natalie Dessay

    Natalie Dessay is certainly one of the most important singers of the last several decades. While her voice does not appeal to all and her views about what opera is and should be are controversial, she has been an A-list singer for nearly two decades now due to her extraordinarily agile voice and her artistry, both within the song and on-stage.

    Born Nathalie Dessaix in 1965, as a child she knew she wanted to be on stage performing, but initially her desire was to be a dancer. As she felt she lacked sufficient talent, she next chose to pursue acting -- and indeed, dropped the 'h' from her first name in honor of actress Natalie Wood who she greatly admired.
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