Sunday, August 2, 2009

Greeks do it better

May I say that I just adore reading excellent reviews on Greek singers who excel abroad?

All three reviews from Opera News, August 2009

Zeffiri and Ruxandra Donose

On Mario Zeffiri, La Cenerentola, Deutsche Oper Berlin, 20 May 2009 (by A.J. Goldmann)

"Top vocal honors among the men went to Mario Zeffiri, a Greek tenor known for his interpretations of bel canto repertory. He put his buttery, agile voice to heroic use, tearing through his runs with alacrity, few perceivable breaks and ringing high notes."

Christopher Purves as Falstaff and Tassis Christoyannis as Ford

On Tassis Christoyannis, Falstaff, Glyndebourne Festival,21 May 2009 (by George Hall)

"As his antithesis Ford, Greek baritone Tassis Christoyannis delivered the dark core of tone essential to the role, especially in his ruminatively furious Act II aria, and maintained a suitably grave and heavy presence that mellowed only at the opera's joyous close."

Myrtó in floral, during rehearsal with A. Bocelli

On Myrtò Papatanasiu, Mitridate, Re di Ponto, Theater an der Wien, 24 April 2009 (by Larry L. Lash)

"The big surprise was the hitherto unknown Myrtò Papatanasiu, a young Greek soprano in the trouser role of Sifare, proving herself her colleagues' dramatic and technical equal, painfully gorgeous in an aria with horn obbligato. "

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