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Spain Donizetti, Anna Bolena: Coro de la Generalitat Valenciana, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana / Maurizio Benini (conductor). Palau de Les Arts, Valencia,13.10.2022. (JMI)

Eleonora Buratto (Anna Bolena) and Ismael Jordi (Percy) © Miguel Lorenzo and Mikel Ponce

Director – Jetske Mijnssen
Set designer – Ben Baur
Costume designer – Klaus Bruns
Lighting designer – Cor van den Brink
Choreography – Lilian Stillwell
Refrain grasp – Francesc Perales

Anna Bolena – Eleonora Buratto
Henry VIII – Alex Esposito
Seymour – Silvia Tro Santafé
Percy – Ismael Jordi
Smeton – Nadezhda Karyazina
Lord Rochefort – Gerard Farreras
Hervey – Jorge Franco

Valencia’s new opera season has opened with this work by Gaetano Donizetti that, I imagine, is being carried out for the primary time within the Palau de Les Arts. The outcome was a complete success: a well-suited manufacturing, admirable music path and a exceptional forged.

The staging by Jetske Mijnssen premiered in Amsterdam final Could and is a Dutch Nationwide Opera, Teatro San Carlo and Palau de Les Arts co-production. It’s a staging of nice simplicity that narrates the plot in its historic interval and with costumes applicable to the epoch. The units are nearly the identical all through, an empty area on the entrance with a wall at mid-stage. The scene modifications happen by including doorways within the wall that typically open to supply completely different views. These scene modifications are accomplished by completely different furnishings on the entrance of the stage. The plot unfolds completely, and every thing works accurately.

Maurizio Benini is a conductor one may contemplate a specialist in bel canto opera. I had the chance to see him conduct this opera six years in the past in Seville and he has repeated that nice efficiency right here. His studying had two elements: the primary act was dominated by his vitality and energy, however he was at his greatest in Act II the place his delicate conducting led to an impressive interpretation. Each the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana and the Coro de la Generalitat did very effectively, particularly the ladies’s voices within the second act.

Anna Bolena was performed with nice success by soprano Eleonora Buratto, a full lyric soprano with a well-projected voice. She didn’t excite me within the first act though she did effectively total. I discovered her just a little brief in her ultimate aria, the well-known ‘Giudici advert Anna’, the place one all the time has in thoughts the unforgettable Maria Callas. Buratto was irreproachable in her efficiency in Act II and in all the ultimate scene. She sang an exciting ‘Al dolci guidami’ the place she earned the largest ovation of the night, ending the opera in bellezza, as Italians say.

Bass Alex Esposito as Henry VIII was good in phrases each of singing and performing. His voice is probably not distinctive, however he’s a stable performer in each position he performs. Ismael Jordi as Percy was excellent in vocal phrases and gave a chic efficiency, very applicable to the bel canto calls for of the character. I don’t discover his voice excellent however, if it had been, we might be coping with an distinctive tenor.

Jane Seymour was sung by mezzo-soprano Silvia Tro Santafé, who additionally provided a stable interpretation. I needed to combat with my recollections of the final singers I noticed within the position, Elīna Garanča and Ekaterina Semenchuk, however it was a nice job on her half.

Lastly, mezzo-soprano Nadezhda Karyazina as Smeton the web page left me with a great impression. The secondary characters had been well-covered by Gerard Farreras as Lord Rochefort and Jorge Franco as Hervey.

José M. Irurzun



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