The reviews are in, and La traviata is a hit, with great singing and storytelling dominating an evening filled with color and beauty.
Lawrence Budmen of South Florida Classical Review had kind words for each and every cast member. Leading lady Cecilia Violetta López “fully embodied the role of Violetta with a bright, accurate soprano and mesmeric dramatic portrayal. This heroine was less a tragic figure than a woman who was living life to the fullest, burning the candle at both ends until the fire went dark.”
Budmen found tenor Pavel Petrov’s FGO debut as Alfredo “auspicious” and praised his command over his instrument: “His lyric tenor can scale down to the most dulcet pianissimos but his top projects strength and exuberance. In the duets … his timbre was pure velvet; yet for Alfredo’s denunciation of Violetta …. Petrov summoned power and declamatory venom.”
Baritone Troy Cook, Budmen noted, was “an unusually compassionate Germont in his scene with Violetta dignified and adamant … but he was not cold and lacking in feeling. He vaulted ‘Di Provenza il mar’ in a burnished and voluminous baritone and his rebuke of his son for insulting Violetta at the party resounded with force.”
Each of our Studio Artists also received kudos for their performances: “suave” mezzo Taylor-Alexis DuPont was a “standout” as Flora while Joseph McBrayer’s “characterful” Gastone showed off his “strong and virile tenor.” As the Baron Douphole, Joseph Canuto Leon “brought a domineering menace.” Keith Klein “amply defined” Dr. Greville and Sara Kennedy “articulated Annina’s lines in finely hued soprano tones.”
Chia Patiño’s direction was “consistently compelling,” and the result is “musically and theatrically engrossing.”
Read more at South Florida Classical Review.