If you've read Aria Serious for a week or so you know we're pretty excited about Piotr Beczala making his debut with us as Rodolfo in La boheme.
To add to our excitement are these reports coming out Chicago after his Company debut at the Lyric in the title role of Faust.
We've placed a few excerpts below.
“Much of the excitement on opening night centered around Piotr Beczala, who was making his Lyric debut in the title role. The Polish lyric tenor brought to the part a robust, attractive sound with a smooth tonal finish and a wonderfully open, clarion top. His elegant phrasing invested Faust's third-act Salut! demeure with romantic ardor and rightly drew a huge ovation. Yet he also commanded enough power to nail the dramatic pages. On top of that, he is a fine actor, even when required to lurch about the stage with a wine bottle and wenches, one of the more dubious touches in Corsaro's staging.”
The Associated Press
“Making his Lyric debut in the title role, Poland's Piotr Beczala solidified his claim as one of the finest lyric tenors on the scene. His singing was smooth and stylish, capped by an impressive high C in his aria, Salut! Demeure.”
Chicago Classical Review
“As Faust, the aged philosopher who sells his cynical soul for renewed youth, Piotr Beczala made an outstanding Lyric Opera debut. The young Polish tenor is the real thing—a singer with a big vibrant instrument, notable ease of production, virile tone, and ringing top notes. Rarely does the Faust-Mephistopheles duet at the close of Act I provide such a theatrical frisson. Beczala rose to the challenge of Salute, demeure chaste et pure with a seamless long line and requisite refinement —some miscoordination with the orchestra apart—and poured out a stream of rich, heroic tone in the love duet and final trio”
You can also hear Piotr in his own words talking about Faust.
Again, tickets are on sale now for all 2010 operas if you're reading this. Everyone else needs to wait until Sunday, October 11, 2009.