Ruxandra Donose: Rosenblatt Recital ***
Wigmore Hall, 6th October 2014
Stepping in for an indisposed Carmen Giannattasio, Romanian mezzo Ruxandra Donose opened (and closed) her Rosenblatt Recital with… Carmen. “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle”, with its intoxicating habanera rhythm, is one of opera’s most instantly recognisable numbers, the gypsy provocatively declaring that love is wild and cannot be tamed. In the opera, it establishes Carmen’s character, but here it also set out Donose’s vocal wares: a rich, firm lower register and great care taken over textual nuance. These were in evidence through much of the evening as an array of operatic characters was presented, interspersed with three sets of songs.
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