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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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  • 04.05.2018 - Star Sondra Radvanovsky’s vocals lead Canadian Opera Company to triumph with Anna Bolena

  • By Gaetano Donizetti and Felice Romani. Corrado Rovaris, conductor. Directed by Stephen Lawless. Canadian Opera Company. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. May 3. Plays to May 26. coc.ca

    Opera should not be only about the lead singer. But the Canadian Opera Company’s season-closing production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Anna Bolena is worth the 31/2-hour commitment for the sake of soprano Sondra Radvanovsky alone.

    There are other attractions: The whole cast is excellent, the traditional production is clear and sturdy, and the always superb Canadian Opera Company Orchestra plays at its best. But Radvanovsky at the peak of her powers is something extraordinary to behold.

    The soprano imbues her role as King Henry VIII’s doomed second wife Anne Boleyn, the mother of the future Queen Elizabeth I, with every fibre of her being. There is no nuance that isn’t animated by some aspect of her face or body.

    She does the same for the singing, which is sweetly soft one moment and raising full-throated goosebumps the next. Although opera is usually larger than life and Donizetti’s bel canto style of florid vocal passages is totally over the top, none of it feels or sounds excessive in Radvanovsky’s hands.

    This artist’s skills charm us into sympathy for a queen who is no longer loved by her king, and who will pay the ultimate price for being in the way of the latest object of his desire, Giovanna (Jane) Seymour.

    The Star

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