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German soprano Ute Selbig was a radiant and silver-toned Pamina who seemed made for this part. Her mid-sized voice is extremely well focused and it soared easily over the orchestra with complete stylistic command.

Rainer Trost as Tamino and Ute Selbig as Pamina in San Diego Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard
Rainer Trost as Tamino and Ute Selbig as Pamina in San Diego Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard

Making his début in this revival was German lyric tenor Rainer Trost. He has an appealing stage presence and he sang with ringing tones. The Queen of the Night was sung by New York City Opera star, Cheryl Evans, who gave a dramatic portrayal of the part. Her diction was excellent, but some of her coloratura was slurred and, on one or two occasions, her intonation was incorrect.

Cheryl Evans as The Queen of the Night in San Diego Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard
Cheryl Evans as The Queen of the Night in San Diego Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard

 

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