Le Fantôme de l’Opéra Opening Night Team Review

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Singing Valentines / Valentins chantants

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La Scena’s team attended the opening night of Fantôme de l’Opéra at Théâtre St-Denis last Wednesday. Here is what we thought.

Team average on 10:
Singing: 7.5
Orchestra: 8.5
Staging: 8
Overall rating: 8

What you missed

The two main roles performed by Hugo Laporte and Anne-Marine Suire were wonderfully played. As The Phantom, Hugo Laporte stood out, with his thunderous voice. Everytime he sang, the room shook. His strong high notes made us wonder if we will ever hear him sing the title role in Verdi’s Otello in the future.

As Christine, Anne-Marine Suire also shone, skillfully rendering her character’s vulnerability and intensity. The caricatural Carlotta was overacted but effective.

The orchestra played brilliantly from beginning to end. The chorus was harmonious. The staging was imaginative considering the limits of the space and the presence of many microphones at the front of the stage.

The staging, was imaginative, and the costumes, especially those of The Phantom and Christine, were impressive. The French language was clear and fluid. The text was accessible to everyone, in a common sense.

Gripes

The other singers had good voices for a musical but were overshadowed by the two lyrical singers playing the main roles. The voice of Raoul, played by Michaël Girard, in particular, was drowned out in the scenes that he shared with the two protagonists. The burlesque humour was a little overplayed, especially for Carlotta’s character.

Le Fantôme de l’Opéra continues in Quebec City (Jan. 17, 18, 19 ) and returns to Montreal (Jan. 23, 24, 25, 26). www.evenko.ca

Justin Bernard, Wah Keung Chan, Adrian Rodriguez et Dino Spaziani contributed to this team review.

 

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