Behrens says her conception of Salome hasn't really changed since she performed the role at Salzburg in 1977 under conductor Herbert von Karajan in a breakthrough performance that quickly established her as a dramatic soprano
of international quality.
Madagascar-born, Toronto-based dramatic soprano
Yannick-Muriel Noah made her Edmonton Opera debut in the role of Tosca, and thanks to director Robert Herriot's dutiful adherence to all of Puccini's advice for producing his opera, Noah performed the religious ritual most Toscas do after stabbing Scarpia at the end of Act II.
Soprano Caroline Bleau was the star of the show, with her solid dramatic soprano
, easy high notes and moving portrayal of Magda.
Making her MO debut in the title role (and only her second Tosca), dramatic soprano
Wendy Nielsen's richly crafted characterization ranged from volatile diva to pious lady offering flowers to the Madonna in the Attavanti chapel.
Brenda Harris sang Lady Macbeth with grim focus and a strong, dramatic soprano
voice that did well in the coloratura passages.
Mary Jane Johnson, in the past an all--purpose dramatic soprano
on the international circuit, was a bit thin-voiced as Owen's domineering aunt but this worked for the character.
Heidi Muendel sang Miss Pinkerton, Miss Todd's gossipy friend, the dramatic soprano
readily using her vibrant voice to create an unpleasant but instantly recognizable small-town character.
While there are a few miscalculations (such as the stentorian Bulgarian dramatic soprano
Ghena Dimitrova singing Musetta's flirtatious "Quando men vo"), the 31-track collection is outstanding.
Mezzo Christina Gilbert as Florence, Lady Billows' maid and confidante, neatly set the pace of subtle send-up, which was continued by the Lady herself, strongly portrayed by the assured dramatic soprano
, Heidi Lynn Peters.
In the first of four broadcasts from the Vienna State Opera, the Swedish dramatic soprano
Nina Stemme, for many the outstanding Isolde of our time, takes on the illfated Leonora in the opera Verdi originally wrote for St.
As always, the choral society has attracted a group of internationallyknown, experienced and respected soloists - soprano Rachel Nicholls, widely recognised as one of the most exciting dramatic sopranos
of her generation; mezzo-soprano Alexandra Gibson, who is particularly feted for her interpretation of Baroque music; baritone David Wilson-Johnson, whose 40-year career has spanned major opera houses, orchestras and festivals world-wide; and tenor John Mark Ainsley, a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and past winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Singer Award.
Now Kate Royal - described as "one of the most compelling dramatic sopranos
of her generation" - is heading for the city to give a recital in the splendour of St George's Hall.
Lee represented her country in Cardiff Singer of the world 2005 and has won a clutch of prizes including the Dame Eva Turner Award for dramatic sopranos
Ohana set Les trois propheties de la sibylle for coloratura and dramatic sopranos
, piano, vibraphone, and a battery of unpitched instruments played by a single percussionist.
Playing the tragic heroine Leonora, Carol Vaness leaves no doubt that she's among the world's top dramatic sopranos
, registering the exact moments of psychological truth that drive her passionate character toward a lusty, defiant comeuppance.