Lucy Crowe dazzles as Rosina
Huge congratulations to Lucy Crowe who sang her first Rosina last night in the English National Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville. The critics have been unanimous in their praise. Rupert Christiansen, in the Telegraph, admires Lucy’s star performance playing “the scheming, flirting, lying minx to perfection and sang with crystalline tone and fluent coloratura as though it was no trouble at all” and the Evening Standard hails Lucy’s vocal performance as “Bright, accurate and vivacious” and “bel canto singing of a high order”.
The 2012/13 season has seen Lucy’s acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut as Servilia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and this Spring sees her sing Gilda for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, a role she sang at Covent Garden for the first time last year under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. London’s operatic scene next sees Lucy as Susanna at Covent Garden, also under Gardiner, this autumn.
Yesterday evening also saw a role and company debut for David Soar as Don Basilio: “For me, the best of the supporting singers was David Soar as the hypocritical Don Basilio…[who] sang it with power, flexibility and comic relish.” (Bachtrack). David’s engagements this season have included his Metropolitan Opera debut as Masetto in Don Giovanni and Signor La Rocca in Un giorno di regno for Bilbao Opera. Last summer David performed in The Fairy Queen to critical acclaim at the Glyndebourne Festival and returns to Glyndebourne as Mr Flint in Billy Budd this summer and Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia next season.
Performances continue at the English National Opera until 17 March.