by Paula Citron
On my recent trip out west, I caught Mozart’s Idomeneo performed by Pacific Opera Victoria. This company under Timothy Vernon is known for its original productions and as a showcase for young singers.
POV lived up to its reputation. Idomeneo was attractively set in classical Greece by designers Alison Green and Christine Reimer, and economically and effectively directed by Ann Hodges. Mario Bernardi conducted with infinite good taste despite the unevenness of the Victoria Symphony strings.
There was not really a weak link among the major cast. Tenor David Pomeroy as Idomeneo had the most polish with a lustrous voice that is almost too big for Mozart. The find for me was charismatic soprano Joslin Romphf as Elettra who is a spinto in the making. Mezzo Mia Lennox-Williams as Idamante is blessed with a lush tone, a bit of a wild pitch, but sterling high notes. Emmanuelle Coutu showed a lovely lilting soprano as Ilia.
From the Royal Theatre in Victoria, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for The New CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.