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Lyric soprano Malinda Haslett sang Frasquita's top line with a clear fresh sound while Lisa Agazzi was a dark voiced Mercedes. Baritone Jeff Mattsey was a brash Le Dancaïre and tenor Beau Palmer an oily Le Remendado. All of the singers of the smaller roles proved their excellent musicianship in the Quintet.
From left to right, Beau Palmer (Remendado), Marina Domashenko (Carmen), Lisa Agazzi (Mercedes), Malinda Haslett (Frasquita) and Jeff Mattsey (Dancaire). Photo © 2006 Cory Weaver
James Scotto Sikon was a reliably effective, dark toned Morales and Wayne Tigges, who is a young singer to watch, was a menacing Zuniga. Timothy Todd Simmons's chorus sang with polish. The work of its women in Act I was especially well put together with lovely, shimmering harmonies. Juanita Franco's choreography was rather tame, but it added to the ambience of the piece.
Wayne Tigges as Zuniga (left) with César Hernández as Don José, and James Scott Sikon as Morales (right). Photos © 2006 Cory Weaver
Conductor Karen Keltner has a special affinity for French music and it showed. Her tempi were never too fast or too slow and Bizet's exquisite harmonies were brought out to their fullest extent. At the end of the evening, she and the rest of the cast were greeted with thunderous applause.
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