Matthew Lickona 4 p.m., May 26
The Sitzprobe for Turnadot was magnificent this evening.
What is a Sitzprobe? It is a rehearsal on the stage with the orchestra but without costumes or staging.
The singers sit on stage and go through the entire show to make sure that everyone is on the same page.
The principle singers for Turandot are fantastic. I was blown away.
The tenor, Carlo Ventre has sung the role of Radames in Aida and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with San Diego Opera.
I thought he was serviceable in those roles. He looked good and was charming but the voice wasn’t particularly special.
In the role of Calaf in Turandot, Ventre is prepared to triumph vocally. He sings both the first act aria, Non piangere Liu, and the third act aria, Nessun dorma, very well.
As Liu, soprano Ermonela Jaho will break your heart. Her legato singing is flawless and her death scene could very well steal the show.
Ermonela has sung once before with San Diego Opera as Maria Stuarda. She only sang the opening night performance as the original soprano was physically unable to sing. We are honored to have her back as the selfless, ever faithful Liu.
Turandot, the ice princess, is sung by American soprano Lisr Lindstrom.
As she sang the role’s opening aria, In questa reggia, I had goose bumps.
Lise will be getting her own post. Suffice it to say her singing was more than I ever hoped to hear in the role of Turandot.