Rose and Connolly shine in ‘Capriccio’

Role debut success for Sarah Connolly and Peter Rose.

Congratulations to Sarah Connolly and Peter Rose who made their role debuts as Clairon and La Roche in The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Strauss’ Capriccio on Monday, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

The critics were unanimous in their praise with Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times saying “the tragedienne Clairon, played wonderfully by the rich-voiced mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly…The most crucial character is La Roche, a theater director, here the powerful bass Peter Rose.” whilst Mike Silverman of the San Francisco Chronicle stated that “Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly gave a sharp edge to the lines of Clairon, the actress…As the producer La Roche, bass Peter Rose sang and acted with gusto…” and George Loomis of Classical Review thought that “Mezzo Sarah Connolly sings sumptuously and ensures that the famous actress Clairon has ample character [and] Bass Peter Rose, as the theater director La Roche, a character apparently modeled on the great Max Reinhardt, has his own idea of what takes priority: putting on a good production, a subject he expounds on eloquently in a scene in which Rose’s robust bass is heard to fine effect.”

Congratulations to both artists!

Further performances are on 7th, 11th, 15th, 19th and 23rd April 2011.

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