What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a fusillade of coloratura fireworks, garnered from the YouTube page of our lovely friend Coloraturafan?
We celebrated the holiday with Don Pasquale at Santa Fe. Unfortunately, there was nothing fireworks-like in this production. In a nutshell, Alek Shrader sang well as did Laura Tatulescu. I am afraid that Andrew Shore isn’t very funny. Zachary Nelson was less impressive as Dr. Malatesta than he was as Figaro in last year’s Le Nozze. Music was, well, not very “elastic” as one reviewer put it. I like the clean lines of the set design which is turned upside down after the intermission. One chair, many doors, and a chandelier encompass a set in beige and taupe which later is added to with riotous color in the form of chairs and flowers ordered by Sofronia. Shrader sings the trumpet aria trying to juggle suitcases. Generally, Shrader has too much to do on stage that got in the way of producing a bel canto sensibility. He was the funniest character on stage, however.
This production is supposed to go to San Fran and Liceu. I think it has a lot of potential that, unfortunately, was not realized at its second performance last night in Santa Fe.
Speaking of Americana, the NY Phil is doing SHOW BOAT in the Fall with the following already announced:
Ted Sperling Conductor
Lauren Worsham Magnolia
Vanessa Williams Julie
***Julian Ovenden Gaylord Ravenal***
Guess we’re lucky Kate Royal isn’t Magnolia, but I MEAN REALLY.
Michael Todd Simpson, North Carolina-born, was excellent in the part last week at the San Fran Symphony.
Maybe Miriam Margolyes can be flown in for The Old Lady On the Levee?
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