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Washington Live performance Opera’s Ermione: OMG!-Weblog

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The excellent soprano Angela Meade, who portrays Ermione, has appeared in a number of productions of Ermione over the past ten years, and her performances have been influential within the renewed curiosity it has obtained.  In her opening feedback, Govt Director Meg Sippey cautioned that Ms. Meade was recovering from a respiratory an infection and whereas nice she would possibly must cough on stage; she by no means did, and if this was Ms. Meade at lower than her finest, please let me expertise her finest at a future efficiency.  This can be a troublesome function, particularly in Act 2 when Ermione strikes by way of one emotion to a different, from jealous anger to guilt to like to grief to fury, all adorned with melisma and trills in excessive and low registers.  Regardless of the warning, her virtuosity and delightful tone didn’t disappoint, and I used to be on my toes with everybody else applauding on the finish.  Tenor David Portillo as Pirro was a marvel, singing fantastically with a silvery tone whereas being pushed backwards and forwards in numerous instructions by Ermione and Andromacha.  He managed some parts requiring speedy fireplace supply along with his lovely tone utterly in tack.  Tenor Lawrence Brownlee is a treasure and introduced his A-game as effectively taking part in the love struck, one dimensional Oreste, additionally requiring some vocal pyrotechnics in the next vary, one thing he’s recognized for.  Mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson as Andromacha was so good and so emotionally expressive I suspected she was channeling Maria Callas on her a hundredth birthdate (Dec 2, 1923).  She was fairly good in a earlier look with WCO, however she is now acting on an excellent increased, extra achieved stage.  The efficiency was additional embellished by a superbly solid group of soloists acquainted to Washington space audiences, which included bass-baritone Matthew Scollin as Pirro’s tutor Fenicio, Kate Jackman as Andromac’s confidant Cefisa, tenor Rolando Sanz as Pirro’s confidant Attalo, soprano Erin Ridge as Ermione’s buddy Cleone, and tenor Matthew Hill as Oreste’s buddy Pilade.

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