Cio Cio San April 13 and 15 2018 Syracuse Opera
Linda Loomis of the Syracuse Post-Standard wrote: Cio-Cio-San is played by Toni Marie Palmertree, whose clear soprano lifts,
soars and dances on Puccini's gorgeous melodies. She is entrancing even before she's on stage, first heard singing from the wings
the melody that becomes her motif as she approaches with her entourage to meet Pinkerton. To her falls the most well-known
aria of the opera, "Un bel di Vedremo," sung early in Act. II. Even without the English surtitles, the audience would grasp the
range of emotion Palmertree expresses as she first imagines her joy "one fine day" at the return of Pinkerton, then her hysterics as
she considers her life of poverty and shame if he does not come back.
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Joshua Kosman of The San Francisco Chronicle wrote: ’There is her sound itself — a bright, lustrous instrument capable of gathering great reserves of expressive momentum and then discharging them with a well-placed climactic flourish. Added to that are a wide emotional range, a gift for communicative intimacy, and a dash of theatrical temperament that can give her singing a certain dramatic flair.
In the “Canciones clásicas españolas” of Fernando Obradors, which concluded the evening in a burst of expansive high spirits. In the brisk, saucy numbers of the set (“El molondrón,” “El tumba y lé”), Palmertree brought out her most vivacious side, tripping gaily through the texts like a Spanish Gilbert and Sullivan patter singer. Yet the most exquisite number was the slow love ballad “La mi sola, Laureola,” in which Palmertree gave a musical impression of a lover struck nearly dumb by the beauty of his beloved.
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