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Soprano Susan Marie Pierson, a consummate actress, was a dramatic, vengeful Donna Elvira who sang with thrust and energized the text with conviction. Don Ottavio was sung by Gabriel Gonzalez with a beautiful timbre and a more opulent sound than is normally heard in this part. As Donna Anna, Edelina Kaneva portrayed a noblewoman who repressed her anger while singing with a rich agile voice.

Edelina Kaneva as Donna Anna and Gabriel Gonzalez as Don Ottavio. Photo © 2006 Robin Grant
Edelina Kaneva as Donna Anna and Gabriel Gonzalez as Don Ottavio. Photo © 2006 Robin Grant

Viara Zhelezova was a cute and perky Zerlina who could easily be wooed away from her down-to-earth husband, Masetto, robustly sung by Hristo Sarafov. As the Commendatore and later the statue that arrives for dinner, Mikhail Kolelishvili's awe-inspiring bass voice rang out mellifluously, sending its resonance to the highest corners of the auditorium.

'Farewell Life!' - Vytautas Juozapaitis as Don Giovanni. Photo © 2006 Robin Grant
'Farewell Life!' - Vytautas Juozapaitis as Don Giovanni. Photo © 2006 Robin Grant

Conductor Jorge Mester's slow tempi robbed the performance of some of its power and effervescence, but both singers and instrumentalists coped well and the evening was a great success with numerous curtain calls and standing ovations for all the artists.

Copyright © 26 November 2006 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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