Claudia Boyle, Soprano RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Proinnsías Ó Duinn, Conductor

Claudia Boyle, Soprano RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Proinnsías Ó Duinn, Conductor

Monday, 9 December 2019, 8.00pm

Part 1

Bellini Norma - Overture Orchestra
Verdi Rigoletto – ‘Questa o quella’ (Joseph Calleja)
Verdi Macbeth – ‘Ah la paterna mano’ (Joseph Calleja)
Donizetti Linda di Chamounix – ‘O Luce di quest anima’ (Claudia Boyle)
Puccini Preludio Sinfonico (Orchestra)
Puccini Tosca – ‘E lucevan le stelle’ (Joseph Calleja)
Puccini La Bohème – ‘O soave fanciulla’ (J. Calleja/C. Boyle)
Bellini I puritani – ‘Qui la Voce?’ (Claudia Boyle)
Massenet Werther – ‘Pourquoi me réveiller’ (Joseph Calleja)


Part 2

Adam O holy night (Joseph Calleja)
Traditional Adeste Fideles (Joseph Calleja)
Traditional The Wexford Carol (Claudia Boyle)
Franck Panis Angelicus (J. Calleja/C. Boyle)
Mozart Sleigh Ride (Orchestra)
Traditional Tu scendi dalle stelle (Joseph Calleja)
Gounod Ave Maria (Claudia Boyle)
Berlin White Christmas (Joseph Calleja)
Gruber Silent Night (J. Calleja/C. Boyle)

Blessed with a golden-age voice that routinely inspires comparisons to legendary singers from earlier eras, Maltese-born Joseph Calleja is one of the most acclaimed and sought-after tenors today. His expansive discography and frequent appearances on the world’s leading opera and concert stages prompted National Public Radio to hail him as “arguably today’s finest lyric tenor,” and led to his being voted Gramophone Magazine’s 2012 Artist of the Year.

The celebrated tenor makes a welcome return to the National Concert Hall to perform a programme of arias from the operas he has performed to acclaim at the great opera houses of the world, including Verdi’s Rigoletto and Macbeth; Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème and Massenet’s Werther. Joined by leading Irish soprano Claudia Boyle and accompanied by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn, with a Christmas song or two as well, this opera gala will make the perfect start to the festive season.

Presented by NCH




Why I gave the above rating: 

The programme was very accessible, lots of Verdi and Donizetti in the first half and then Christmas carols in the second half. The NSO were conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn, but we found them to be a little loose at the edges… probably underrehearsed for the night.

The soprano, Claudia Boyle, sings like a lark but she lacks umph and struggled to be heard over the music and the tenor.

As for Joseph Calleja… he was every inch the primo uomo and wallowed in the audience's praise. However, in terms of singing I felt he was struggling. Very good in the mid-range, but when he tried to hit some of the crucial notes his voice blanched. At first I thought he simply had a cold, but it happened a few times and I left fearing that he has damaged his voice.

I really don't want to be mean and was looking forward to a sparkling occasion. The performance was greatly anticipated and sold out some time ago. However, it failed to live up to the billing.

Dec 11, 2019

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