Michael Nansel triumphs as the Scottish king!
Michael Nansel sang the title role and he gave a towering performance. With the very first line he sang he instantly captured the house, the entire space. Such a voice! He's physically perfect for the role-handsome and powerful-quite the Scottish warrior. And when, early on, he slipped off his chain-mail hood to release that dramatic-yes operatic-shock of graying hair he seemed a Macbeth from the Realm of Ideal Forms. And he's a splendid actor.
Michael Nansel sings Sharpless, the Consul, with a rich, powerful baritone that fills the role with utter confidence. Such ease! He is so at home in this role!
In the title role, Michael Nansel exhibited an exceptionally vivid and powerful baritone, and he swaggered and blundered with engaging unself-consciousness.
Nansel sang with alternating steel and velvet, encountering few difficulties with his role’s perilously high tessitura.
In the title role, baritone Michael Nansel proved to be a marvelous Figaro, with a robust voice and a great sense of comedy.
...the utter beauty of his voice, harnessed with exceptional technique, was coupled with fine acting and stage presence.
...the top banana is unquestionably Michael Nansel.
...particularly Michael Nansel’s finely sung and nuanced Giovanni, who came across as the consummate sexual predator — powerful, charming and amoral.
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