MDLO assembled a formidable solid for Turandot, to inform this story and ship this message. I’m acquainted with a lot of the solid. Many had labored with MDLO or educated with MDLO earlier than, however I had not beforehand heard dramatic soprano Alexandra LoBianco who performed Turandot. I discovered from Conductor Salemno that whereas he routinely auditions singers for roles, he accepted her for the position with out listening to her, based mostly largely on the advice of his former mentor and buddy, John DeMain, Music Director for the Madison Symphony and Opera. Mr. Demain informed him that not solely might she sing with the pressure that Turandot requires, she would additionally impress him together with her “lovely pianissimos” (singing with full voice however softly). Good name, Maestros DeMain and Salemno. Seattle Opera has been conscious of Ms. LoBianco’s expertise for a while and can function her once more in October as Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde – a transparent indication of their regard for her. The great thing about her voice and singing, and the emotionality she brings to a job are gorgeous. She even managed to convey a component of tenderness to the ice queen, Turandot. I’ll take the freedom as a die-hard opera fan to foretell that Alexandra LoBianco is an rising star soprano, after being held again by nearly two years of pandemic opera cancellations. I actually wish to see her once more. I guess Seattle can be a effective place for an October trip; get your tickets early. Kudos to MDLO for introducing the DC space to this spectacular expertise.
Tenor Jonathan Burton performs repeatedly with the highest opera firms throughout the nation and has beforehand appeared in MDLO productions. He was a continuing, efficient Calàf, the profitable suitor for Turandot, and his sterling “Nessan Dorma” drew a well-deserved spherical of applause. Soprano Nicole Heaston, whom I’ve not heard beforehand though she has a powerful efficiency report within the main opera homes, proved to be a really perfect Liù. She displayed tender vulnerability alongside together with her brilliant, shimmering soprano voice. Ms. Heaston earned an ovation together with her very first aria; she was clearly a crowd favourite. It says one thing in regards to the high quality of a solid when famous bass Morris Robinson performs the comparatively minor position of Timur (kudos to MDLO for attracting high notch singers). He not solely brings that spectacular voice to the position, but additionally a profound capacity to speak with gestures that he employed dramatically on this live performance model. Authorities ministers Ping, Pang, and Pong are essentially the most likeable characters within the opera, attempting to dissuade the suitor, offering comedian aid, and singing a sentimental ode to their properties. These roles had been very properly sung by baritone Javier Arrey, tenor Joseph Michael Brent, and tenor Yi Li. Additionally including to the efficiency was tenor Maurico Miranda in twin roles because the Emperor Altoum and the Prince of Persia, and base-baritone Hunter Enoch because the Mandarin.
Turandot was one other spectacular manufacturing by Maryland Lyric Opera, an organization dedicated to bringing opera to the DC/suburban Maryland space. Hopefully, because the Maestro acknowledged, COVID continues to decrease, they usually can get again within the swing of issues!
The Fan Expertise: MDLO gave performances of Turandot on February 25 and 27 within the Strathmore Music Heart in Bethesda, MD. The performances had been sung in Italian with supertitles in English on a large display above the backstage balcony. The Music Heart is a superb venue for live performance opera, with a captivating décor and spectacular acoustics. Ticket costs for MDLO performances are modest, and college students should purchase tickets for $10; the corporate has a powerful dedication to music training of their group.
The subsequent MDLO manufacturing will likely be Verdi’s Don Carlo, additionally carried out in live performance on the Music Heart on Could 13, 15. Maestro Salemno informed me that Don Carlo is his favourite opera, nonetheless recalling the primary time he heard it. It is going to embody its personal banda. MDLO had a powerful viewers end up for Turandot; you possibly can lock in your seats now at this hyperlink.