14. September 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Reviews

GOUNOD’S Roméo et Juliette wins by default. While it’s a great opera, the craving for one on that subject never goes away. (The real winners aren’t operas: see Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.) Still, the Gounod has its moments, and Opera San José’s new production also debuts its new lineup of company resident artists—in two casts. On Sunday afternoon, they included TalÌse Trevigne (Juliette), Isaac Hurtado (Romeo) and Daniel Cilli (Mercutio) plus retuning company resident Carlos Aguilar (Frère Laurent). Guest artists who etched an imposing presence were Andrew Park (Tybalt), Sonia Gariaeff (Stephano) and Silas Elash (Duke of Verona.) The veteran maestro Anthony Quartuccio replaced conductor George Cleve, home recovering from an exhausting summer schedule.

For some reason I find this introduction to the Metro review just a bit confusing. But that’s probably just me. I’m easily confused!

The review is somewhat positive, somewhat not.

There’s no mention of the orchestra or conductor, other than noting the conductor switch. It’s not uncommon to have the orchestra get little or no mention; we aren’t the center of attention in an opera. But we always enjoy seeing some little mention. When it’s positive, that is. It makes our little hearts happy. Ah well. That’s life in the opera pit!
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