Friday, 26 March 2010

La Cenerentola and the Bavarian Opera Studio

Rossini's La Cenerentola premiered last night at the beautiful Cuvillies-Theatre in Munich. Featuring a stella cast made up of the ensemble members of the opera studio of the Bavarian State Opera, this was truly a night to remember. Rossini's opera is a real treat and it counts amongts my favourites. There is so much comedy and sad drama packed into one, I cannot be but moved.

The young Irish Soprano Tara Erraught gave a fantastic performance of Cenerentola; her skill and vocal prowess will undoubtedly take her to the great stages of the world, and yet she fared with such ease and airy lightness!
The ensemble was complemented magnificently by Nam Won Huh as Don Ramiro and his fellow countryman Il Hong as Don Magnifico. Todd Boyce stepped out from the audience in order to reveal himself as a powerful Dandini in an unexpected turn of events during Act 1. Clorinda and Tisbe, the horrible half-sisters to Cenerentola were portrayed by Evgeniya Sotnikova and Laura Nicorescu, another great young musician from Bucharest (The ensemble of the main house has just been much enriched by the fantastic Laura Tatulescu, who was taught by a dear teacher of mine). Tareq Nazmi, as Alidoro, was equally impressive, having already sung at the Prinzregententheater and Augsburg Theatre.
Oxford and Guildhall Graduate Christopher Ward lead the orchestra and ensemble with great precision and accomplishment and he is without doubt in good hands as assistant to Kent Nagano.

It is good to see the Munich Opera Studio in such fantastic artistic shape. Without doubt, we will see more of all these great young singers.

The golden facades of the newly renovated Cuvillies Theatre in Munich and the ensemble of the Opera Studio taking their bow.