by Paula Citron.
The Marriage of Figaro
Royal Conservatory of Music
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conducted by Mario Bernardi
Directed by Valerie Kuinka
Starring Matthew Cassils, Meghan Lindsay, Taylor Strande, David English and Wallis Giunta.
The Royal Conservatory of Music put on a dandy production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. For students to carry this very long opera is a feat indeed, both for the singers and the orchestra. Maestro Mario Bernardi was in the pit which ensured that the tempi were snappy, but adagio where needed. It was a scintillating Figaro in his experienced hands, but one that tended to overpower the singers.
Director Valerie Kuinka went for the comedy in a big way and there was much laughter from the audience. These young singers certainly understood their characters.
The voices are promising. Taylor Strande as Susanna was the best on stage with natural acting ability and a clear arcing lyric soprano. It is quite a beautiful voice. Bass-baritone David English as Figaro, baritone Matthew Cassils as Almaviva, and mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta as Cherubino all have nice voices and acting skills, but need to build in vocal strength.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable show.
Photo credit: Nicola Betts
(Figaro ensemble at the finale)