Des Moines Metro Opera Turandot Review 2017

Des Moines Metro Opera Turandot Review 2017

Turandot: A Stellar Cast Lists Puccini’s Final Masterpiece

Turandot is tricky. A huge chorus, thundering orchestra, and over half a dozen other principal singers build audience expectations for an act and a half before the star sings a note, and then, like a rocket, the soprano must go from zero to escape velocity with her dazzling introduction, her explanation for her cruelty to her suitors in the aria “In questa reggia.” Last night at the Blank Performing Arts Center, the Des Moines Metro Opera company presented Alexandra LoBianco in the title role of Puccini’s final opera. With force, lyricism, and an absolutely huge top, Miss LoBionco was fire and ice, succumbing to the unnamed Prince (Jonathan Burton) and winning over the audience as well as her tenor, despite the shock and horror of the death of the incandescent Vanessa Vasquez’ brave and loyal Liu…Read Full Review Here

Jack Kasprzak

July 9th, 2017

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