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Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Premiere of Awakenings: Tragedy, or Was It?-Weblog

OSTL assembled a high quality solid for this manufacturing, with 15 named gamers, with many being soloists; all of the performers added to the influence of the opera.  A part of my preliminary attraction to this manufacturing was the inclusion of soprano Susanna Phillips, my all-time favourite Musetta; though I’ve seen her in a number of Met Opera movies, this was my first time in individual.  It had been some time since I had seen her work, and he or she was splendid as Rose, a affected person a lot later in life who had been bothered in her twenties, inflicting the lack of a suitor who appeared nonetheless there to her for over twenty years.  It was marvelous to change into reacquainted with the attractive timbre of Ms. Phillips’ voice.  She was matched with a strong efficiency by soprano Adrienne Danrich.  She performed Miriam who bonded with Rose when revived by the drug.  Her aria sung as she acknowledged the modifications in Rose was fairly touching.  Throughout her awakening, Miriam was reunited with a daughter taken from her, inflicting her nice ache that endured throughout her lengthy sickness.  Tenor Marc Molomot’s charismatic portrayal of Leonard, an motionless affected person who might learn was distinctive, and superbly coupled with Katherine Goeldner’s wonderful soprano vocals as his doting mom who turned the pages for him.  Tenor Andres Acosta, who performed Nurse, sang superbly and made a plausible love curiosity for Dr. Sacks, a love curiosity he clearly needed however couldn’t settle for or return, not at that time.  One other stand out for me was bass-baritone David Pittsinger as Dr. Podsnap, chief of the hospital who struggled along with his conscience over conducting the experiment.  The point of interest of the opera was Dr. Sacks, performed to perfection by baritone Jarrett Porter.  His wonderful singing was even perhaps overshadowed by spectacular performing.  The thoughtfulness and deep humanity of Dr. Sacks, flaws and all, got here throughout forcefully.



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