DONIZETTI: ‘LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR’
And there was another, more practical impediment.
The catchy immediacy of Mr. Legrand’s tunes masks how difficult it can be to sing them. “There’s a feeling of water, somehow, abandoned and never-ending, combined with tricky melodic surprises that require great pitch precision or you miss the key details that make each phrase special,” said the singer Melissa Errico, who is among his most capable contemporary interpreters, starring in his only Broadway show, in 2002, and releasing the album in 2011.
Performed in French with English supertitles
“Between Yesterday and Tomorrow” abounds with delicious touches that reward close listening. Ms. Dessay points out, for instance, that she exhales during the birth song and inhales during the death one, and that the album works as a continuous loop.
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Past directing projects include: The Four Note Opera (Yulunda M. Faris Vancouver Opera Young Artist Program), Cendrillon and Alcina (Manitoba Underground Opera), Béatrice et Benedict (Fraser Lyric Opera), Die Lustig Witwe (Vancouver Music Academy), La Clemenza di Tito (Manitoba Underground Opera), The Turn of the Screw and Don Giovanni (Accademia Europea dell’Opera); Summer Opera Workshop 2013 & 2012 (Indiana University).
Natalie Dessay - Händel - Alcina - Paris - 2009 - YouTube
Brenna Corner has worked as a director, singer, choreographer, and fight director across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Last season she made her directorial debut with Vancouver Opera as the director of their new production of Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Corner is also the artistic director of Prince George’s new opera company Fraser Lyric Opera as well as Winnipeg’s indie opera company Manitoba Underground Opera.