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Showing posts from March, 2015

Ars Minerva Presents La Cleopatra by Daniele da Castrovillari

Daniele da Castrovillari's La Cleopatra, a piece lost in Venice's archives, is now a popular opera and an example of the oldest operas.The performance took place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Marines Memorial Theater.  Cèline Ricci has a dark, thick voice; very warm and very womanly, perfect for the role of Cleopatra. She crafted the role of Cleopatra to great heights both vocally and artistically. Randall Scotting, who I know from one of his dvds of Vivaldi's Hercule, provided a good pairing to Ricci's Cleopatra. The arias he performed were, for me, a little bit too short, and Scotting squeezed out all of the effects he could from the material. Nell Snaidas entertained the audience with her excellent portrayal of anger and vengeance, covering well some lackings in the libretto itself. Bay Area Veteran, Igor Viera, as Clisterno, with his powerful voice and excellent acting added salt and pepper to the tasty dish of …