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Sir Tom delights in double role in BLO's 'Cosi'

Posted by britainsfavouritebaritone on March 20, 2013 at 3:35 AM

(Photo credit: Boston Lyric Opera/Eric Antoniou)

Many congratulations to Sir Tom who has not only made one but two debuts at the Boston Lyric Opera: as singer and director in a new production of Così fan tutte which premiered on 15 March.

Reviews have so far been excellent and performances will run till 24 March. The cast includes Caroline Worra as Fiordiligi, Sandra Piques Eddy as Dorabella, Phyllis Pancella as Despina, Paul Appleby as Ferrando, Matthew Worth as Guglielmo and Sir Tom as Don Alfonso.

'...well sung and very enjoyable. ...

...This production, discreetly cut, whizzes by in three hours with one intermission. It’s directed by renowned British baritone Thomas Allen, who also sings Don Alfonso, and does full justice to it. There’s no meanness in Allen’s mischievous codger, who presides over a beach romp that takes place along the Bay of Naples, in Napoleonic times, with real sand for the mostly barefoot lovers to walk on, and a gently raked boardwalk...many delightful surprises in this "Cosi".'

- Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe

'Written in High Classical style, the melodies are charming, and seemingly simple. Yet the score contains contrapuntal and rhythmic complexities which require a group of tremendously talented singers to negotiate, not to mention the challenges of comic acting. Boston Lyric Opera has gathered just such a cast for its "Cosi...," a production that succeeds on every level.

...In a real coup, BLO landed legendary bass/baritone, and internationally renowned recording artist, Thomas Allen to perform the buffo role of the sly instigator Don Alfonso. Not only did he sing wonderfully, but his vast experience in the theater was evident from his authoritative stage presence and flawless comic timing.'

- Ed Tapper, EDGE Boston

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