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Concert d’Autunno 2013
The Sorrento International Autumn Music Festival
14th September 2013
On a beautiful balmy night in the lovely Southern Italian Town of Sorrento in front of a window and terrace overlooking the sea, we were treated to... a wonderful evening of show stopping arias by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini and Leoncavallo, combined with nine classical Neopolitan songs.
The Soloists were Alessandra Krogh - soprano and Michele Maddaloni – tenor, with their accompanist and the Artistic Director of the Festival Paolo Scibilia, who had a tough night ahead of him on the piano front
This was a big sing for both the soloists and was a chance to show their true mettle as they worked their way from one powerful and taxing aria to the next.
Michele opened the evening with Vesti La Giubba from Pagliacci. His rich tenor voice expressed the hurt and sorrow of the clown who smiles through his bitter tears. He brought light and shade to the aria
Alessandra, looking stunning, opened her arias with the surprising difficult aria from Norma ‘Casta Diva’,which many sopranos would, I feel, have used to finish their programme. Her voice seemed a little light for the aria, but it grew in confidence and was well sustained. Her quiet singing was also good.
They then sang the duet from Otello, his voice being so dramatic and hers quite light their voices did not mesh well. This aria needs an orchestra to pull it off and the piano did not quite make it. Both seemed to be pushing their voices and not using the acoustic of the room to its best advantage. He did not share, being too full on for too long.
Alessandra then sang Vissi D’Arte. Her diction was excellent with good high notes but the aria felt rushed and this was possibly the pianist leading the soloist and as a result the ending was a little disappointing.
E Lucevan la Stella was a triumph for the tenor with good piano accompaniment. Michele’s maturity showed through and his expansive singing was excellent.
The first half was brought to an end with the Brindisi from La Traviata. This was a good duet for both of them but the piano was again having to try to be an orchestra, which threatened to run away with itself. The soprano held her own in this duet and it was a stunning performance from both the soloists
The second half of the concert was devoted to songs from Napoli opened by the tenor singing Mandulinate a Napule which was a well presented song with feelings well expressed.
Next Alessandra sang a song ‘lo te vurria vasa’ that really suited her voice with diverse variety of light and shade and the piano accompaniment was excellent She expressed tenderness and loss. The song had a soft centre and was well sung, as it was a long song with many twists and turns of emotion. She did so well with it and the audience loved it
Canta pe’mme is a very dramatic tenor song with an equally dramatic piano line, both singer and pianist were motoring along hitting every note with confidence.
A Vucchella is a song with words by Italian Poet D’Annunzio which was sung in a light and lively rendition by Alessandra, and it suited her voice so much. Through the performance Alessandra kept clutching at the piano which was very distracting, which she perhaps should avoid doing. She then segued into a song by Fosco –Falvo which was a dramatic performance as the lights sparkled on the sea behind her, once again the song suited her dramatic range.
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