I didn’t get around to posting on this before, but on Wednesday I made my role debut as Il Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s wonderful opera (quite possibly the best opera of all time) Le nozze di Figaro. I covered the role last season at the Staatstheater, and did two weeks of rehearsals, but had no performances, so it was great to finally get the chance to perform it. The production was with the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg (The Opernstudio is a co-operation between the Hochschule and the Staatstheater, and the Contessa and Susanna were both from the Opernstudio as well) and the premiere performed in the cute little baroque Markgrafen Theater in Erlangen (we have further performances in May in Augsburg)
Here’s what the Nürnberger Nachrichten had to say about it:
Das Almaviva-Paar mit Andrew Finden und Isabel Blechschmidt bestach durch dramatische Präsenz und gesangliches Format.
[The Almaviva pair of Andrew Finden and Isabel Blechschmidt captivated by dramatic presence and vocal class.]
It has in fact been 10 years since I last did a production of Figaro; during my first year of university I sang the role (in english) of Dr Bartolo in the University of Southern QLD production: