“As so often with HOT productions, the evening’s highlight was the voices. As Tatyana, Melody Moore’s powerful, warm soprano set the opera’s moral compass — as soon as he heard her, Onegin should have known she would win out”
For most people, singing loud enough to project to a hall of 2,000 seats without amplification sounds impossible. Imagine doing it for nearly half an hour straight. In Russian.
That was Soprano Melody Moore’s challenge as she began prepping for her character Tatyana’s famous Letter Scene in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. When the curtain rises for the opening night of HOT’s upcoming co-production of the opera this Friday, it will be her first time performing the role for a full audience. Preparing for the role was no easy feat, Melody shared.
“Melody Moore brought a much-needed regality to Elisabetta, contrasting passion with repression, and thoughtful, provocative phrasing. Her aria at the tomb was a masterclass in phrasing, subdividing the lengthy aria into smaller, emotionally-motivated fragments.”
Harry Rose – Parterre.com
“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
“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.”
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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