American tenor Bruce Bellemer sounded right as Romeo, with just a few problems of intonation at the top of his voice, but generally heroically open-throated and with a nice feel for dynamics. Otherwise, the cast included a number of accomplished Canadian performers in good form, including the richly sonorous bass-baritone Thomas Goerz doing double duty as Le Duc DeVeronne and Frere Laurent (the scale of the voice was such that the latter sounded more like Verdi's Grand Inquisitor), baritone Bruce Kelly as Le Comte Capulet, mezzo Lynnc McMurtry as the Nurse, baritone Alexander Dobson as Mercutio and mezzo Norine Burgess as Stephano. Rounding out the cast were Eric Shaw (Tybalt), Nelson Sierra (Le Compte Paris), Doug MacNaughton (Gregorio) and Brian Gow (Benvolio). Although the opera is punctuated with a number of showpieces, it also depends on tight ensemble work from its relatively large cast of named characters and grand-opera scale chorus. The strong ensemble certainly paid off for this production. Director Kelly Robinson masterminded a dynamic staging that played out to the fluid conducting of OO's recently appointed General Director, David Speers.
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|Date:||Jan 1, 2006|
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