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Subject: Zeffirelli would be envious
From: Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:53:52 -0400
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What a show the Philly Opera put on last night at their prima!
"Turandot" was a stand-out in every single way.

From the glorious choreography and magnificent and creative staging to 
the costumes which were absolutely stunning, to especially the cast of 
singers all on their game, and an orchestra under the baton of Corrado 
Rovaris who allowed the singers to be heard, it was a night of joy at the 
Grand Old Lady of Broad Street, The Academy of Music.

Christine Goerke outdid herself as Turandot with a secure sound in an 
especially difficult role.  Her "In questa reggia" was superb.

Marco Berti is ... well ... Marco Berti.  He sure can stand and deliver but the 
sound to me is not one that sits easily on the ear.  He hits the high notes 
right on the money but there is a "rough" (for lack of a better word) tone 
to his voice, plus there was a lack of chemistry between the two of them.  
Nevertheless, they managed to excite well enough.

But the surprise of the evening was the stunning voice of Liu as sung by 
Joyce El-Khoury in her Opera Phila debut.  Her plaintive sounds were felt in 
depth and she delivered a nuanced, heartfelt performance she should be 
proud of.

The rafters shook when the Timur of Morris Robinson entered the house.  
His deep, satisfying bass was a fine addition to an already stellar cast.

Possibly the most entertaining performances I have ever seen of Ping 
(Daniel Belcher), Pang (Julius Ahn) and Pong Joseph Gaines), added even 
more joy to the proceedings, rounding out an evening of pure delight.

An extra added plus was finally getting to meet with our own charming 
Christina McCawley at intermission and have a chat with her.

Bravi tutti!

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