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Tenor Richard Leech has sung the role of Edgardo many times and his robust voice rang out with a burnished timbre as he created his sympathetic character. The role lies well for him and his voice soared easily over the orchestra. Making his San Diego Opera début was the handsome Slovakian baritone, Dalibor Jenis. Not only does he have a distinctive dark sound and an excellent technique, his portrayal of Enrico, Lucia's controlling brother, practically oozed villainy.

Tenor Richard Leech (Edgardo) falls into the arms of bass Reinhard Hagen (Raimondo) in San Diego Opera's 'Lucia di Lammermoor'. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard
Tenor Richard Leech (Edgardo) falls into the arms of bass Reinhard Hagen (Raimondo) in San Diego Opera's 'Lucia di Lammermoor'. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard

German bass Reinhard Hagen was a stalwart Raimondo. He sang with stentorian tones as he convinced the weak-minded Lucia to do her brother's bidding. Bryan Register made the most of the role of Arturo and easily held his own in the sextet. A tall tenor with a lustrous upper register, he should have a very bright future.

Soprano Angela Gilbert (Lucia) is flanked by soprano Kathleen Halm (Alisa) while bass Reinhard Hagen (Raimondo) looks on, in San Diego Opera's 'Lucia di Lammermoor'. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard
Soprano Angela Gilbert (Lucia) is flanked by soprano Kathleen Halm (Alisa) while bass Reinhard Hagen (Raimondo) looks on, in San Diego Opera's 'Lucia di Lammermoor'. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard

Soprano Kathleen Halm was a congenial Alisa and her voice contrasted beautifully with that of Gilbert. Tenor Kenneth Morris was a sonorous but nasty Normanno. This was an extremely well sung, opulently staged performance and the audience went home humming Donizetti's memorable tunes.

Copyright © 26 March 2006 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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