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Dolora Zajick began the vocal portion of the program with Princess Eboli's 'Veil Song' from Verdi's Don Carlo, which she sang with beautiful irridescent tones surmounted by myriad delicate nuances which displayed her formidable technical ability. The next selection was the charming duet from Pietro Mascagni's L'amico Fritz as sung by radiant soprano Rhoslyn Jones and robust voiced tenor Sean Panikkar.

Rosslyn Jones. Photo © Kevin Clark
Rosslyn Jones. Photo © Kevin Clark

Baritone Eugene Brancoveanu was a commanding Figaro who slyly invited the count to dance to a tune of his devising in the aria 'Se vuol ballare' from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. Soprano Elza Van den Heever brought us back to Verdi again with a luminous rendition of 'Ernani Involami'. She sailed through its demanding passages with her rich, agile voice, but did not trill. Jones returned with a sumptuous interpretation of 'The Song to the Moon' from Antonin Dvorák's Rusalka and Zajick finished the first half of the concert with 'O mon Fernand' from Gaetano Donizetti's La Favorite. Again, she sang with huge enveloping tones that joined the orchestral harmonies to flood the hall with voluptuous sound.

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