Melody Moore is “splendid” and “powerful” in role debut as Katya Kabanova

“As the ill-fated heroine, Melody Moore combined her splendid vocal and theatrical gifts to deeply moving effect. She had full control over her powerful soprano, projecting the high-lying part easily across Janáček’s most tempestuous orchestration and applying exquisite shading and shaping. Moore conveyed Katya’s fear of her locked-up emotions with tremulous beauty, turning her final scene into an ecstatic vision of release that kept a refreshing distance from clichés of operatic madness.”

Thomas May – The Seattle Times

“Melody Moore, costumed in ultra-feminine 1950s pink and white, completely embodied the ideal Katya — sweet, spiritual, desperate for love, vulnerable. With a full-bodied voice that could always be heard over the instrumentals even in her most delicately nuanced expression of Katya’s frustrations, fears and joy, Moore was a heartbreaking Katya.”

Maggie Larrick – Queen Anne & Magnolia News

“Janacek’s story became the vehicle for a powerful performance by Tennessee soprano Melody Moore.

Moore believably portrays the good-hearted Katya, who cannot conform to her mother-in-law Kabinicha’s definition of wifely duty, but is deeply disturbed by her own extramarital sexual attraction, strongly believing that she must atone for the commission of mortal sin.

Moore’s large voice was lyrically beautiful in the opera’s lushly melodic romantic scenes, and dramatically intense in Katya’s fatal final scene at river’s edge.”

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