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MINNESOTA CONCERT OPERA'S MINI-RING
"A TRIUMPH FOR ALL CONCERNED!"
MINI-RING, Siegfried/Siegmund/Froh (Photo by 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.”
"Concert Opera is a form that invites imagination, and I have always been a fan of letting the audience create the picture themselves. Over many years at VocalEssence I have produced a number of productions that evoke this idea -- and they have always been successful for the audience. Never underestimate the audience!"
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