The Arts

Off Centre Music Salon – Italian Bel Canto Salon

by Paula Citron

Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin’s Off Centre Music Salon is anchored in the voice. The weekend’s Italian Bel Canto program featured Rossini, Bellini and Danaudi songs, many of which were rarities, and it was fascinating to see how Chopin was influenced by the bel canto composers.

Mezzo-soprano Lynne McMurtry has a big fulsome sound. She is an expressive singer who displays a very flexible coloratura, but I found her phrasing a bit ragged and her top notes a bit shrill. I do love the lush and distinctive timbre of her voice though.

Soprano Lucia Cesaroni is still at opera school but is a talent to watch. She is a lyric soprano with a delectable old-fashioned sound and beautiful legato line. Her voice is a bit back in the throat which gives it a watery tone, and her vibrato just gilds the romantic edge. Her lower notes are excellent, but the top needs to open more.

From the Glenn Gould Studio, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

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