Radio NZ Concert (Network New Zealand)
Sunday 26th of June 2016 at 6 - 9 pm
JIMMY LÓPEZ: Bel Canto
Ann Patchett's best-selling novel Bel Canto took the literary world
by storm. Now, in a new work curated by Lyric's creative consultant,
Renée Fleming, this riveting story inspired by a real-life event becomes
a powerful opera
Roxanne - Danielle de Niese, soprano
Carmen - J'nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Hosokawa - Jeonhcheol Cha, bass-baritone
Gen - Andrew Stenson, tenor
General Alfredo - Rafael Dávila, tenor
Messner - Jacques Imbrailo, baritone
Ruben Iglesias - William Burden, tenor
Caesar - Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Lyric Opera Chorus & Orch/Andrew Davis
REVIEW (Opera News)
DANIELLE DE NIESE!
What a website: self-promotion of the most endearing kind, and you just fall in love with her (a mix of Scottish, Dutch, Singhalese, Australian, American, British).
Bel canto means 'fine singing' as distinct from Can belto (but the orchestra will be belting their cans in these terrifying circumstances).The story (based on a true event) involves a siege of a mansion in Peru, by a group of rebels (terrorists), who make themselves comfortable with the company (including an opera soprano) when the house itself is under siege from outside. I never want be a spoiler, but a lot of eggs get broken, and Roxane (or Roxanne) is the last one standing on the stage; she has had a sexual relationship with a Japanese married man in the two months of internment; he is now dead; where does she go from here?.