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Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins was an energetic Papageno who sang with virile, robust tones and played the materialistic bird catcher to the hilt. Toby Spence, on the other hand, was a stylistically refined Tamino who had an appealing stage presence and a distinctively colored warm voice. His Papagena, at first cleverly played by older actress Lois Viscoli, was commendably sung by Anya Matanovic.

From left to right: Sarah Gartshore, Joshua Hopkins (Papageno), Lucia Cervoni, Toby Spence (Tamino) and Paula Murrihy in the Santa Fe Opera production of 'The Magic Flute'. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard
From left to right: Sarah Gartshore, Joshua Hopkins (Papageno), Lucia Cervoni, Toby Spence (Tamino) and Paula Murrihy in the Santa Fe Opera production of 'The Magic Flute'. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard

As Pamina, Natalie Dessay was as close to perfection as you find on an opera stage. Beautiful and fragile looking, one could easily imagine that she had been abducted from her mother's abode. Her well projected voice soared over the orchestra and surrounded the audience with beautifully colored sound.

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Copyright © 3 September 2006 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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