13 Opera’s es­sen­tial artist

Toronto Life - - Culture -

Crit­ics aren’t stingy with su­perla­tives when it comes to Son­dra Rad­vanovsky. The so­prano’s heroic, ten­der take on the druid high priest­ess Norma was the type of per­for­mance that will be talked about for gen­er­a­tions, and her heart-rend­ing por­trayal of El­iz­a­beth I in Donizetti’s Tu­dor drama earned her the la­bel “es­sen­tial artist” from the New York Times. For her up­com­ing recital, Rad­vanovsky puts stage re­gal­ity aside, in­ter­spers­ing a sump­tu­ous and chal­leng­ing vo­cal pro­gram with per­sonal anec­dotes. Joined by pi­anist An­thony Manoli, she’ll reprise some of the most iconic roles from her decades-long ca­reer, show­cas­ing her mag­i­cal abil­ity to bring the card­board char­ac­ters of 19th-cen­tury melo­drama to life.

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