“On opening night, the work was blessed with the performance of Melody Moore, a Tennessee soprano who was making her FGO debut in a part she had never played. Her voice effortlessly sank into the depths of her register and then soared into the upper reaches to mirror her character’s inner tumult. She inhabits the persona of a Brahmin princess who likely hasn’t heard the word “no” much in her life and yet who seems to genuinely grieve for the man she has had killed.”
Bill Hirschman, South Florida
“Vocally, Moore was a revelation. She sounded remarkably at ease, in full control of pitch, articulation and intensity. Singing from the highest forte expression of desire and anger to the lowest pianissimos without any seeming strain”
Jean-François Lejeune, Opera News
Melody Moore starts the year in Hannover, where she sings Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the NDR Radiophilharmonie on January 12. She then travels back to the Florida Grand Opera to sing Salomé, the princess whose sexually charged dance leads straight to her own destruction. The performances take place on January 27 and 30, and Feruary 2 and 10.
“Moore and Tigges give the show a captivating, beating heart with a stunning performance of Act 2’s crucial love duet. Conductor Arthur Fagen gives forceful drama to the music’s juxtaposed moments of full, lush orchestration and dramatic quiet. Moore and Tigges bring to life a cosmic, legendary love, but also give the scene interesting touches of the recognizably human, as Senta takes the daring step of falling in love with a stranger and the isolated Dutchman exposes his vulnerability.”
Melody Moore, last seen on the main stage of the Atlanta Opera in 2012 as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, stars as Senta in a never-before-seen grand production by Tomer Zvulun. The performances will take place on November 4 – 12. Her “radiant” Senta (The Opera Tattler) has already thrilled audiences in Hawaii and Glimmerglass Festival, where “Moore displayed not only the vocal power needed for this iconic Wagnerian role, but physical strength and agility” (Opera Warhorses).
Music Director Arthur Fagen will conduct. Jay Hunter Morris reprises his role as Erik and Wayne Tigges will sing the title role of the Dutchman.
Melody Moore’s latest CD will feature her Desdemona from Verdi’s Otello. In her first recording of an Italian opera for Pentatone, she demonstrates that her truly youthful dramatic soprano voice is able to flawlessly continue the pure Italian tradition of a Renata Tebaldi.
The Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff once again widens his professional range, singing the demanding title role of Otello with ardent intensity. As his abysmally evil opponent, the American baritone Lester Lynch matches him in vocal intensity. Leading the prestigious Gulbenkian Orchestra in this ambitious studio recording is the dynamic and experienced conductor Lawrence Foster.
This CD is available for pre-order and download and will be released on November 1. To purchase your copy, visit Pentatone’s website.
For the American soprano, the important thing is to always keep the character relevant and realistic. “I love our director because Jose Maria Condemi is a thinking director, he actually thinks how much time has passed between this event and that event and what would have happened in that time. Often you would see Tosca come up to Act three with her full regalia dress, a crown and some big cloak made of velvet. And it’s not realistic because she just got off a safe passage to get out of the city and she’s been told at what time this fake execution is going to happen. So she would have had time to go and make herself a bit more discreet to be running to the streets and save Cavaradossi. You don’t do that in a full gown and a crown! You just don’t! Andrew is a real persons’ director. He wants the action to be realistic, so there is not a lot of parking and barking.” [Referring to the tendency of some singers and productions to stand up and sing without much acting].
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