On Saturday night, we opened Fidelio to great success. I
enjoyed Andreas Baesler’s production, as he makes Beethoven's piece of
1805 relevant to today’s audiences. It was masterfully led by Adrianne
Pieczonka as Leonore. She carries the cast from beginning to end with
her vocal brilliance, and wonderful sense of the character, she is
joined by Mats Almgren (Rocco), Gidon Saks (Don Pizarro), Virginia
Hatfield (Marzelline), Adam Luther (Jaquino), Zdenek Plech (Don
Fernando) and Jon Ketilsson (Florestan). Gregor Bühl inspires a real
Beethoven sound to our orchestra.
is always sad to lose a singer for a production and I regret not being
able to do the series with Jon Villars. It is always a difficult task
to find a replacement at the last minute, and especially in such
challenging repertoire. We have been fortunate to find two very strong
singers for the role of Florestan to help us through this situation,
Jon Ketilsson and Richard Margison.
Ketilsson did a wonderful job in our first two performances, despite
not rehearsing with the orchestra in advance and the cast adapted well
to all of the surrounding changes. It is wonderful to have Mr.
Ketilsson with us for the first half of the series. I am also delighted
that we will have Richard Margison with us to close the run. This will
be Mr. Margison’s debut at the Four Seasons Centre, and we will be
pleased to have this eminent Canadian artist with us.
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