SONDRA RADVANOVSKY (12-12-06)
SUBSTITUTE SOPRANO PROVIDES TOP FLIGHT VERDI THRILLS
By Lawrence Budmen
At the Concert Associationís second performance of Verdiís melodramatic opera Il Trovatore on Tuesday at the Broward Center, American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky replaced the indisposed Maria Guleghina as Leonora. With high profile engagements at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Covent Garden, Vienna, and Berlin, Radvanovsky is one of the leading Verdi sopranos on the international scene today and for good reason.
Radvanovsky possesses a voice of sumptuous color and seemingly limitless range. From thrilling high Cís that rang the house to the most ethereal soft tones, Radvanovsky sang fearlessly and with scrupulous musicality. In duets with the ringing Italianate Manrico of Salvatore Licitra and the stentorian Count Di Luna of Lado Ataneli, her voiced soared in ravishing tonal hues that brought back memories of Zinka Milanov and Maria Callas. She repeatedly stopped the show with standing, cheering ovations.
Even in the stripped down concert version, Radvanovsky imbued the Countess of Aragon with impassioned intensity of utterance and dramatic power. Her silvery flights of coloratura in the cabaletta of Tacea la notte were dazzling. Radvanovskyí s rich, creamy middle register embraced Verdiís legato lines with vocal streams of molten lava. This is the kind of singing of which legends are made.