Opera Ontario.Opera Ontario opted for the conventional pretty realism of an Opera de Montreal production for its season-opening presentation of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette. It all looked well enough, except perhaps for the colonnaded col·on·nade
1. A series of columns placed at regular intervals.
2. A structure composed of columns placed at regular intervals. vastness of Frere Laurent's "cell," and provided a colorful setting for some excellent singing and playing. Although it contains lovely music. Gounod's opera isn't exactly a repertoire staple, so this was a welcome opportunity to see the work live onstage, with the additional fillip of hearing Juliette's aria, "Amour, ranime mon courage," which was cut at the opera's premiere, restored to its position just before she takes the poison. With its driving rhythms, the piece proved a good showcase (as did the familiar "Je veux vivre") for the agile coloratura coloratura: see soprano. and forceful, firm-toned singing of soprano Laura Whalen in the title role.
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 sonorous
resonant; sounding. 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 INQUISITOR. A designation of sheriffs, coroners, super visum corporis, and the like, who have power to inquire into certain matters.
2. The name, of an officer, among ecclesiastics, who is authorized to inquire into heresies, and the like, and to punish them. ), baritone Bruce Kelly Bruce Kelly (born Bruce Grimes, June 11th, 1956 in Alexandria, Virginia) is an American radio personality. He was the original program director, format creator and morning personality on The 80s on 8 from XM Satellite Radio in Washington, D.C. from September 2000 to November 2005. as Le Comte Capulet, mezzo mez·zo
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pl -zos Lynnc McMurtry as the Nurse, baritone Alexander Dobson as Mercutio and mezzo Norine Burgess As a graduate of the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto’s Opera School,mezzo-soprano Norine Burgess received additional training as a member of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Ensemble where she appeared in Electra, Suor Angelica, Lulu and Der Rosenkavalier. 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.