, June 2013
The star singer is Argentinian tenor Marcelo Àlvarez and he…gives a…relaxed and nuanced performance as Manrico…It is a perfect voice for the part…he scales back to do some lovely piano singing when the occasion, and the composer’s markings, warrant. From his great opening offstage romance you can already tell he’s in splendid form.
Young Bulgarian Deyan Vatchkov opens the evening as Ferrando but got up as a wind-blown Don Quixote. His youthful voice serves him well and he is vigilant not only in dynamics and markings but also in singing accurately all the many grace notes that Verdi wrote and so many lazy singers omit. Bravo!
…our evening’s Azucena, Mzia Nioradze, heats things up with a very potent “Stride la vampa”…dramatically and musically alert and also dedicated to putting across everything the composer put on the page.
The chorus sings with gusto at every opportunity and sound richer than their actual number. They are especially good in both of their off-stage bits, the women in the convent, the men in the prison, and always on pitch which is a blessed relief. The chorus master Martino Faggiani gets a very large hand at the calls.
Whatever small success this production enjoys is due, almost entirely, to the leadership of Yuri Temirkanov in the pit. He knows exactly what he’s doing and his reading is taut and propulsive. He knows the fire that Verdi stokes here is mostly in the strings and they play beautifully for him. His tempo choices are always valid and he breathes with his singers.
Picture is sharp and the…sound crisp… © 2013 Parterre Box Read complete review