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SUMI JO WITH JOSE CARBO : MAD FOR LOVE @ CITY RECITAL HALL

Above : baritone Jose Carbo, who performed solos and duets throughout the programme.                                                                                                                                    Featured image: Sumi Jo.

The chance to hear or view any of international vocal sensation Sumi Jo’s many award-winning recordings is always a thrill. The opportunity to see this soprano live complete with a stunning range of dresses and her seasoned acting skill intact is a pure entertainment  delight.

Sumi Jo illustrated her tremendous range, singing in five languages throughout the concert, and presented arias from her coloratura repertoire alongside Korean  classical songs, a Baroque vocal piece by Purcell and duets from  operetta as well as a wonderfully characterised performance with baritone Jose Carbo  of Gershwin’s ‘Bess, you is my woman now’.

Guy Noble provided very full and sympathetic accompaniment at the piano throughout, as well as some signature commentary in his inimitably engaging velvety tones.                                           Continue reading SUMI JO WITH JOSE CARBO : MAD FOR LOVE @ CITY RECITAL HALL

Opera Australia Presents Verdi’s Don Carlos @ Joan Sutherland Auditorium Sydney Opera House

Don Carlos-inset
Inset pic- Milijana Nikolic as Princess Eboli and Latonia Moore as Elizabeth La Valois. Featured pic- Daniel Sumagi as the Grand Inquisitor and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Phillip 11 in Opera Australia’s DON CARLOS. Production pics by Jamie Williams.

This production of Don Carlos is the 1884 four-act version and is an extremely impressive revival of the magnificent 1999 Elijah Moshinsky staging. It is the biggest production by Opera Australia since the recent Ring Cycle in Melbourne and at one point features over two hundred people on stage.

Musically it is glorious with outstanding singing and superb playing by the orchestra under the impassioned baton of maestro Andrea Licata which acknowledges and respects each note of this complex, difficult and long score (listen out for the Flamenco influences) and simultaneously allows the work to ‘breathe’ and become intensely dramatic. Continue reading Opera Australia Presents Verdi’s Don Carlos @ Joan Sutherland Auditorium Sydney Opera House