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Bruce Donnell's stage direction was realistic and seemingly underscored by the intermittent lightening from a threatening thunder storm. When Jokanaan scolded Salomé, his withering curse was punctuated by a tremendous flash in the sky! Even without the storm, it was Greer Grimsley's show. Robust sounding, but gaunt looking, he is among the finest Jokanaans ever to assume the role and this performance was no exception. He sang with dark tonal colors, combining proficient acting with dramatic punch.

Dimitri Pittas as Narraboth and Janice Watson as Salomé. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard
Dimitri Pittas as Narraboth and Janice Watson as Salomé. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard

The role of Narraboth is often given to a promising young tenor. Here, it was sung with considerable vigor by the warm-voiced Dimitri Pittas who is also honing his skills as an actor. This is a singer from whom we can expect to hear a great deal more in the future.

Janice Watson as Salomé and Greer Grimsley as Jokanaan. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard
Janice Watson as Salomé and Greer Grimsley as Jokanaan. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard

Janice Watson, who is best known for cooler, less dramatic roles such as Pamina and Ariadne, had a carefully crafted, well thought out interpretation of the willful teenager. Her tones were rich and she imbued her lines with distinctive vocal colors. She sang the 'Final Scene' with apparent ease.

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Copyright © 10 September 2006 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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