|Justice Ginsburg and Francesca Zambello |
presented a similar program in 2013
Photo: Karli Cadel, Glimmerglass Opera
You might recall I recently saw Madison Opera's performance of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, and wrote of how moved I was. Ben Edquist and Courtney Miller presented the confession scene with admirable vocalism and acting. I was in tears the entire scene both from the performance in front of me and the memory of Madison's production. I do wish the excerpt had not ended before Sister Helen offers Joseph God's forgiveness and her own. Pianist David Moody also deserves special mention for this scene's difficult score.
I was charmed and delighted by the excerpt from Derrick Wang's opera Scalia/Ginsburg. Soprano Jacqueline Echols easily moved from full-on coloratura soprano to sultry, jazzy chanteuse and back in this highly amusing pastiche of styles and actual musical quotes from other operas.
Other vocal standouts include Marco Cammarota as Pinkerton in a Madama Butterfly excerpt and Jennifer Root as Leonore in a Fidelio excerpt.