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Sondra Radvanovsky

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky is a globally celebrated artist. The depth and exquisite color of her voice are matched by her dramatic acting ability and versatility across a remarkable range of repertoire, from the title roles in Rusalka and Lucrezia Borgia, to Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac and the title role in Manon Lescaut. She is widely regarded as one of the premiere Verdi sopranos alive today, as well as one of the premiere interpreters of bel canto.

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  • 01.05.2016 - Sondra Radvanovsky's performance in "Met in HD: ‘Roberto Devereux’ gone but far from forgotten"

  • "Heroic soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sang the role of Elizabeth here, completing her season long Tudor three-bagger, having already sung the title roles in “Anna Bolena” and “Maria Stuarda” earlier. In the concluding opera of this trio, hers was a magnificent—and tragic—performance, mirroring the gradual decline of Elizabeth in her later years.

    Better yet, unlike a classic diva of old, she allowed the Met’s costume and makeup artists go for it in creating the severe ravages of old age: a pancake white and withered visage; and, most cruelly in the final act, the unruly shock of wispy white hair revealed when her carefully groomed, red-tressed wig was removed. Her very appearance reveals the foolishness, the fondness and the weakness of this once bold Queen who is now forced to face the obvious: her powers and certainly her attractiveness and desirability are rapidly deserting her.

    It’s significant that this production is framed by similar tableaux that place Elizabeth’s elaborate tomb front and center during the overture and before the action begins, and again at this opera’s despairing close. Framed left and right by the symbolic characters of Time and Death, this vision of inevitable destiny marks both the Queen’s uncertain beginnings and her sad and dismal end, which in this opera occurs as she learns that even her own power to forgive Devereux—again—can no longer outrun inexorable Fate.

    In the production just concluded, Sondra Radvanovsky clearly created an Elizabeth I for the operatic ages. It’s hard to imagine any soprano turning in a more vocally impressive and dramatically convincing performance than Ms. Radvanovsky offered in this Met production. Her vocal powers remained at their peak throughout this strenuous work, weakening only slightly near the closing moments of the final act.

    Yet even here, that uncertainty, that “weakening,” was likely intentional, portraying a now pathetic Queen Elizabeth in a moment of complete emotional collapse. It was as powerful as it was moving, earning Ms. Radvanovsky a huge, rousing, standing ovation during her many curtain calls."

    Terry Ponick - CDN

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