Chelsea Opera Group: Mosè in Egitto
Wonderful. Marvelous. That’s how the Chelsea Opera Group effort presenting these not so frequent operas is. And happily the results are, so far, equally wonderful and marvelous.
Mosè in Egitto is a biblical themed opera by Rossini with kind of static action that suits very well a concert performance everything focused on the orchestra, the choir and the soloists.
The orchestra played nicely with precision the whole night without any single mistake and thanks to the conductor Robin Newton with a very rossinian language, taking care of all the colors and contrasting dynamics.
The cast was a dream cast for this opera and that’s amazing coming from a non-professional house. Much work had been done assembling it.
The title role, Mosè, was sung with authority by James Platt. His powerful voice and declamatory style matched perfectly the character.
Daniel Grice was a resolutive Faraone, portraying nicely all the mood changes. After he warmed up his voice he showed his authority in a very effective way.
The difficult role of the Osiride was sung by Nico Darmanin with a very nice technique and very good characterization, showing the evilness and love contradiction. His lover Elcia was nicely sung by Catherine Carby with dramatic intensity.
Anush Hovhannisyan was the biggest voice of the nice, singing an impressive Amaltea. Very beautiful silver tone voice and great projection. Really brave.
On the other hand Ji Hyun Kim voice was a little bit small and usually covered, so although his Aronne was impeccable from the phrasing point of view the overall result lacked of energy.
It was a pity that Mambre role is so short because Christopher Turner was outstanding. What a beautiful voice and how perfectly suited is for Rossini tenor. Definitely I’ll keep track of this guy!
The choir, the soul of this group, as the people sung nicely with perfect balance and sounded very idiomatic. What a great work!
It was a very good opera night and some big opera houses should look how serious work and a well assembled cast give so good results.