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Opera UCLA Voice students score in Chicago production of MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES!

April 26th, 2013 · No Comments

More good news from Opera UCLA Director Peter Kazaras:

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From the Chicago Sun-Times review of the Chicago Opera Theater of MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES:

The strong cast also carries over from Long Beach (and all are acceptably amplified). Young California contralto Peabody Southwell is Maria in spirit, body and deep, dark voice. Mexican-American baritone Gregorio Gonzalez uses his spectacular voice to offer all shades of Maria’s lover/husband/widower. Lecturer-actor Gregorio Luke of Mexico City is a strong presence in the speaking role of the older, recollecting lover. Eight dancers from Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theater, choreographed by their Spanish artistic director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, move atmospherically behind a scrim.

And from the review in the Chicago Tribune:

Peabody Southwell turns in a brave and what must be physically exhausting performance, using her smoky mezzo-soprano along with her acting and dancing skills to make Maria a heroine whose fate we really care about. Gregorio Luke is equally strong in the spoken role of the Older Payador, and Gregorio Gonzalez brings an impassioned baritone to the Younger Payador. The Luna Negra dancers are wonderful, too, especially at the end when they bear Maria’s lifeless body in a solemn ritual no doubt meant to suggest the deposition of Christ from the Cross. The singers are amplified, discreetly and effectively.

Peabody Southwell received her MM in Voice from UCLA in 2009, and Gregorio Gonzalez is currently enrolled as an Undergraduate Voice major.

We applaud our Bruin singers who are out in the world doing what they do best! Gregorio Gonzalez is on the left in the above picture from the Chicago production. Peabody Southwell is in the picture on the right.

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