Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lucia di Lammermoor: Bloggers Final Thoughts

From left: Miranda Lievers, Frances Sprout, Stacey Robinsmith, Nik Belanio

A big thank you to our bloggers who joined us for Blogger Night at the Opera. As suspected, all of our bloggers were really enjoyed Lucia di Lammermoor.

Here are their thoughts on Lucia, Eglise Gutierrez, Michael Fabiano and the excitement of opening night:

The Vancouver audience roared their approval when the final curtain fell. When the lead performers returned to the stage, the Vancouver audience leapt to their feet in the most spontaneous standing ovation I have ever see. The Vancouver audience needed this performance and unequivocally showed their love for the performance. Well done. Very well done.

The bottom line; if you are going to see one Vancouver Opera performance this season, make sure it is Lucia di Lammermoor. This is the opera of the season.
- Stacey Robinsmith

To read more from Stacey, click here.

This opera is astonishingly beautiful, stunning music, really. and Lucia's first aria -- the end of a duet with Alisa (mezzo-soprano Dionne Sellinger) had the crowd applauding and even, from a gentleman in the row ahead of us, several heartfelt hoots. GutiƩrrez's soprano is breathtaking -- how can something so powerful appear to float so effortlessly, note piling on note in a sumptuous wreath of sound... - Frances Sprout

To read more from Frances, click here and here.

Wow! Eglise Gutierrez is like none other! A stunning performance. Her range is extraordinary. I'm speechless. - Nik Belanio

To read more from Nik, click here and here.

I was told ahead of time I was in for a treat with Eglise GutiĆ©rrez playing the part of Lucia, but I was not prepared to be so completely blown away by her performance. I don’t want to lessen the work of the rest of the cast as it really is beautiful – particularly that of Gregory Dahl who plays Lucia’s brother Enrico and of course Michael Fabiano’s performance as Edgardo, especially in the final scene where the power of his voice really shines.

That said – Eglise has my heart. I think I could listen to her for hours, and just when I thought it couldn’t get any more incredible Act 3 started and…well… if you’ve been on the fence about heading out to the opera, this is absolutely the show to see. She will blow you away.
- Miranda Lievers

Thank you Bloggers for being a part of such an amazing night! We look forward to welcoming you back for La Clemenza di Tito!

~ Ling Chan

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