Tenor Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried/Siegmund/Froh) in rehearsal for The Mini-Ring, which was performed on September 13 and 15, 2013, at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (PHOTO: Tricia Pine for MCO)
RAVES FOR MCO'S MINI-RING:
ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS:
"THE MINI-RING, WAGNER'S CLASSIC, TRIMMED BY 12 HOURS, STILL SOARS
TOP-NOTCH. . . . The voices [were] invariably strong, the story clear and relatively easy to follow. . . . Gives you a good sense of what the ‘Ring’ is all about and allows you to hear some outstanding voices bring it to life. . . . Jay Hunter Morris’ . . . Siegfried carried us through his eponymous opera with brashness, snark and arrogance.
Speaking of soaring, two women who subbed on short notice were outstanding . . . soprano Lori Phillips recently garnered raves in a Seattle Opera ‘Ring’ when filling in as Brünnhilde, and she proved why here . . . her spine-tingling voice imbued with power and subtlety. And mezzo Sarah Heltzel stole scenes as Fricka, spewing venom as she skewered husband Wotan.”
“QUITE AN ACHIEVEMENT . . . The performance was compelling, keeping my attention in a way that the full ‘Ring’ might not have.”
Celebrating Richard Wagner Bicentennial Year 2013
Sponsored by The Richard Wagner Society of the
SEPTEMBER 13 & 15, 2013
THE COWLES CENTER FOR DANCE AND THE PERFORMANCE ARTS
WAGNER'S RING CYCLE, ABRIDGED TO ONE FOUR- HOUR PERFORMANCE BY DAVID SEAMAN
IN CONCERT WITH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
and English Supertitles
SCHMITT MUSIC CO.
has been a Minnesota Concert Opera (MCO) sponsor since November, 2011. They provide MCO with a six-foot Boston grand piano and advertisement support for all of our mainstage, Bravo Singers and MCO/Schmitt Music Series productions. We thank Schmitt Music for their support and acknowlege their dedication to bringing quality musical instruments and education to the people of Minnesota.
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