by Paula Citron
Erich Korngold’s 1920 triumph Die Tote Stadt, Opera in Concert’s latest offering, attracted a packed house. It is, in fact, a great opera, full of richly evocative music and psychological nuances, and music director Robin Wheeler understood the passions in play.
Soprano Joanie Henson is on her way to superstardom. She is the complete package with her thrilling voice and consummate interpretive skills. She also never moves out of character which makes her a real stage animal. As both the flamboyant Marietta and the frail Marie, she was superb.
Tenor Anthony Flynn as Paul certainly has a huge voice and can make the money notes. He’s a stick as an actor, has a wild pitch problem, and slides in at the top…but, he should have a great career, should everything come together.
Rich-voiced baritone Peter Barrett got bravos for his lovely interpretation of Fritz, while mezzo-soprano Liliana Piazza as Brigitta displayed a very full and commanding voice.
From the Jane Mallett Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.