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Dead Man Walking

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Dresden Semperoper

Semperoper Dresden, 23/03/2012

Heggie/McNally: Dead Man Walking

Stefan Lano | Conductor

Nikolaus Lehnhoff | Director

“…Two singers stood out: as Sister Rose, Fiona McAndrew sang with a convincing Southern lilt and avoided sounding hokey when required to supply clunking chunks of home-spun wisdom…. This was a co-production with the Theater an der Wien (staged there in 2009), and is so far the only European staging. I hope they don’t fall for it, but it is also prime ENO bait…”

OPERA NEWS

April 2010 — Vol. 74, No. 10

DAUGHERTY: Jackie O

McAndrew, Sourouzian; Alberghini, P. C. Jones; Ensemble del Teatro Rossini di Lugo, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Franklin. Production: Michieletto. Dynamic 33605, 93 mins., subtitled

 

The members of the DVD cast turn in fine vocal performances. Fiona McAndrew portrays Jackie as an introverted, thoughtful woman of heart, much more a victim than a beneficiary of her fame. The high point of the opera comes in an imagined dialogue with Maria Callas – dazzlingly captured in the depiction by Nora  Sourouzian – in which the two women come to peace with each other. Here, both singers use all they have to bring the scene to life. It is one of the few truly engaging moments in the opera, one in which music, text, stage direction and cast combine to make artistic magic.

OPERA

“Fiona McAndrew, con eleganza vocale, racconta le arie estoiche “Egyptian Time”  in uno sfaccettato gioco progressivo della protagonista Jackie. Poi con “Flame duet” intreccia un bellissimo gioco vocale con intensa passionalità…”

“Fiona McAndrew with vocal elegance, sings the exotic aria “Egyptian Time” with multifaceted style like the main character Jackie. Then with “Flame duet”  she weaves a beautiful playful vocalism with intense passion … “

GLI AMICI DELLA MUSICA

“Fiona McAndrew è il clone ideale di Jackie, intensa e chic come da copione…”

“Fiona McAndrew is an ideal clone of Jackie, intense and chic like the original”

FINANCIAL TIMES, UK

Transformations at Wexford Opera,
“Sexton maintains a presence in her work that Fiona McAndrew recreates with striking personality”

IRISH TIMES

Transformations at Wexford Opera Festival
“…honed (her) delivery to the fine timing of a high wire act, morphing in and out of  character, vocal style and physical mode with the kind of ease you associate with computer graphics”

OPERA Magazine

Dead Man Walking for Opera Ireland
“Fiona McAndrew provided a fine Sister Rose”

SUNDAY BUSINESS POST

Dead man Walking for Opera Ireland
“Fiona McAndrew made a telling contribution”

IRISH INDEPENDENT

Dead Man Walking for Opera Ireland:
“moving performance from Fiona McAndrew as Sr Helen’s superior”

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