Opera Rara: Joyce El-Khoury & Michael Spyres ****
Cadogan Hall, 14th July 2017
Opera Rara celebrated Bastille Day with a tribute to two great French singers, Julie Dorus-Gras and Gilbert Duprez. Dorus-Gras was a leading soprano in Paris in the 1830s and 1840s, creating key roles in operas by Meyerbeer, Halévy and Berlioz. Duprez changed the course of tenor history, famed for being the first such singer to employ powerful chest voice for top Cs in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. Stepping into their shoes at Cadogan Hall were two singers with remarkably individual voices, Joyce El-Khoury and Michael Spyres, for a toothsome programme of arias and duets.
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