More individual to Rossini is rapid-fire Italian text, complex timing and a sense of theatre.
It is a rare night that all these components triumphantly come together. Yet under artistic director Richard Mills, VO has assembled the perfect ensemble for this deceptively difficult opera.
A truly world-class, technically flawless celebration of the art of singing.
Hit tunes can be both a blessing and a curse, but there’s no danger of disappointment here with Australia’s best Barber, Jose Carbo, at the helm. Carbo has been singing his utterly charming Figaro for nearly two decades, and the familiarity allows him complete confidence in every note and aspect of the role.
As Count Almaviva, young tenor Brenton Spiteri has some of the trickiest music, but he handles it with style and skill.
Sicilian mezzo Chiara Amaru makes a tremendously successful Australian debut as Rosina, her Una Voce Poco Fa a consummate lesson in vocal precision, creativity and flair.
Australian opera stalwart Warwick Fyfe relishes in the role of Doctor Bartolo, his diction and vocal ease impressive. If anything, the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall is too small for his Wagner-sized voice.
Bass Paolo Pecchioli is outrageously funny and his voice without fault.
Mills appeared to thoroughly enjoy himself on the podium, sashaying his left hand over the strings and keeping secure control on the right.
Never unraveling in Rossini’s fluid rhythms, a flexible Orchestra Victoria shone with sparkling personality.
What a joyful, thoroughly excellent way to end a season.