Photo: Devon Cass
As Lucrezia, Angela Meade gave us all that we know of her--smooth line, beautiful tone, musically expressive presentation--and added a passion I haven't seen. I am happy to say the young lady, still in her 30s, is growing artistically. Christophoros Stamboglis, who wowed us last year in Caramoor's Don Carlo, gave us a passionate and vengeful Alfonso D'Este, Duke of Ferrara and Lucrezia's husband. Always singing beautifully while still portraying the many emotions of the Duke, Mr. Stamboglis was a highlight of this production.
Photo: Rebecca Fay
The smaller roles were sung quite ably by Caramoor young artists and apprentices. Standouts include Mr. Beutel, of course, as an aide to Lucrezia, and tenor Cameron Schutza, whose featured role as Rustighella, one of the Duke's henchmen, gave him lots of stage time. As always, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and Will Crutchfield gave a stellar performance of the demanding score, beautifully paced, shaped and nuanced.