by Paula Citron
This season, Glimmerglass Opera is featuring five works inspired by the Myth of Orpheus.
Haydn’s L’Anima del Filosofo (ossia Orfeo ed Euridice), written in 1791, was presented in concert. The four conductors at Glimmerglass this year are on a short list to become the company’s music director. Antony Walker and Anne Manson each conducted half of the Haydn because their main assignments did not contain a chorus or symphonic orchestra. I found Walker to have more zest in his interpretation, but Manson had a greater command and control of the forces.
The sensational coloratura soprano Sarah Coburn whipped through both Euridice’s and Genio’s tortuous vocal decoration with precision placement, mercury speed, and a gorgeous liquid gold tone. Norman Shankle as Orfeo was a very good light lyric tenor with the requisite sweet voice. Promising young baritone Corey Crider as Creonte displayed an attractive robust sound that should take him far.
Glimmerglass Opera continues until Aug. 28.
From Cooperstown, New York, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.