by Paula Citron.
Opera lovers got a year end fix with Bravissimo, a concert that featured a full orchestra, talented Argentinean maestro Tulio Gagliardo, six singers, and Verdi and Puccini.
Canadian tenor Marc Hervieux is clearly heading for a great career with his effortless high notes and beautiful phrasing. Rossana Potenza is a quintessential Italian lyric spinto soprano who should also make waves. She’s gorgeous to look at, a marvellous actress and her voice soars in the upper register.
Canadian soprano Joni Henson did not fare well in this repertoire. Her voice is Germanic and heavy, and she needs beefy roles to show it off well. Serviceable Hungarian baritone Andras Kaldi is a stick as an actor and seemed a bit laboured. Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Eremenko has sensational low and high notes but a woofy middle. She too is a stick. As for Argentinean tenor Diego D’Auria, he was just plain awful – ragged phrasing and a struggling top.
From Roy Thomson Hall, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for The New CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.