Mezzo-soprano Sandra Buongrazio threw herself into her performance of Carmen’s “Habanera” with all the right moves and a smoky sound that was just right.
We liked her even more in “O don fatale” from Verdi’s Don Carlo in which the larger than life Princess Eboli shows her remorse for entrapping her Queen. The overtones filled the hall and we noticed how Mr. Hong’s piano and Ms. Bunograzio’s voice changed color at the same point in the aria.
Having just seen Puccini’s Tosca at The Metropolitan Opera, we were very ready to hear an alternative interpretation of “Vissi d’arte”and enjoyed Ms. Buongrazio’s passion and commitment, emphasized with dynamic variety. (Voce di Meche)