To observe the situation from a distance, he disguises himself as a servant and makes his servant, Dandini (David Small), "the prince." The story makes full use of the mistaken identities, and the comedy is painted in such broad strokes that it often seems as if you are watching something from Gilbert and Sullivan.
Still, Rossini makes full use of bel canto technique, which sounds tremendous when the opera is performed in the original Italian. DMMO, however, used an English-language version that frequently irritated the ears. But Magisano and Osborn were two good reasons to stick it out. Magisano, a native of Montreal, boasts a lovely voice and sparkles like the jewels that hang around her neck during the ballroom scene. This diminutive singer has a personality that radiates through her smile, and she established a great rapport with the scene-stealing tenor of Osborn. Audiences for this production were a bit hesitant to give standing ovations, but rose noisily to their feet when these two came out.
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|Author:||Fielding, Julien R.|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2004|
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