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Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, March 2017

Among the men, countertenor Andrew Radley sings with admirable clarity and gives Dorian a distinctive otherworldliness. …Basil Hallward, the smitten artist painting Dorian’s portrait, is a spoken role, rendered with dreamy introspection by James Bobby. Bobby, however, sings as well, double-cast in the baritone role of James Vane (Sybil’s brother), …In one striking sequence, Vane has an erotic pas de deux with a prostitute while singing incongruously of his sister’s idealism and purity. (The prostitute, portrayed onstage by the alluring dancer Katya Nielsen, bewigged with cascading red curls, is richly voiced by alto Bolette Bruno Hansen, who deftly doubles as Mrs. Vane.) Bass Jonathan Best sings the part of Hallward’s intellectually seductive friend Lord Henry Wotton with steely and insinuating authority. Best and Radley have a ravishing duet in the final scene. The opera gives the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, under the unerring leadership of musical director Joachim Gustafsson, ample opportunity to display its versatility. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review



Vanessa Wells
The WholeNote, October 2016

Surprisingly, spoken lines and frequent Broadway-musical-like interludes did not make me protest that this was not opera. The entire production somehow coalesces into a new multi-art genre, and whether that is due to the direction, choreography, score, artists or all of those, it was the type of offering CanStage might co-present. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review





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