Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley performed the title role of Louise in Charpentier’s rare operatic gem on Sunday with Opera in Concert in Toronto, Canada. The role is clearly an organic fit for her and we hope that more audiences will be able to enjoy her interpretation of Louise AGAIN in the not-too-distant future. Here are the reviews so far:
“…soprano Leslie Ann Bradley gave a performance of sweeping virtuosity and radiance. Her sparkle and brightness dazzled, her mid to lower range open-hearted and warm. Bradley is an elegant artist gifted with a fluid instrument wielded with great assurance and superb technique. Her show stopping rendition of Charpentier’s magnificent Depuis le jour (“Since the day”), frequently extracted as a stand alone concert aria, was quite simply gorgeous.
Opera Going Toronto, full review here.
“The cast was perhaps not the strongest that OIC has ever assembled – with the exception of soprano Leslie Ann Bradley. In fact Bradley’s singing of the popular, “Depuis le jour”, was the vocal highlight of the afternoon, as she succesfully shaded, coloured and molded her lyric soprano.
Musical Toronto, full review here.
I hope Leslie Ann Bradley gets a chance to play the part of Louise again…her diction throughout –not just in the aria but at every moment—was crisp and clear. Her command of the role was so secure that one could simply get lost in her performance, the most accomplished singing I’ve heard at an Opera in Concert performance in a very long time.
BarczaBlog, full review here.