|Angel Blue and Angelika Kirchschlager|
The Rape of Lucretia, a 1946 chamber opera by Benjamin Britten directed by Keith Warner and featuring Angelika Kirchschlager as Lucretia and Jonathan Lemalu as Collatinus. The production was generally strong, well cast and was a surprisingly effective vehical for the popular Kirchschlager. The standout however was the young American Angel Blue singing the role of Female Chorus. A former Miss California Blue not only sang with a technically flawless voice but had the stage presence of a star (not to be confused with the formulaic presence of a diva). What a fantastic production and great mid-century opera to take in mid-winter.
Hopefully the man conducting his mustache wont be sitting next you!
|Back stage Theater an der Wien|