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OnStage: Michele Capalbo
Article by Joseph So
"I think I have Verdi DNA," says Michele Capalbo with a
laugh. Those who have heard her sing might well agree, since the New York-based
Canadian is making a splash as that rarest of birds, a Verdi soprano.
"A Singer's Diary" by Tracy Turner, July 2003.
"Soprano Michele Capalbo, who made her New York debut in 1999 with NYGO, is enjoying a blossoming career and is especially in demand for her Aida. La Selva first heard her in the Liederkranz Foundation's vocal competition. Years later, when Aida was coming up in the "Viva Verdi!" sequence, La Selva remembered her specific vocal quality. "I thank him for taking the chance and letting me step up to the plate and deliver (or else!). You can't match that," Capalbo commented earlier this spring, during a run as Dayton Opera's Aida. Capalbo has demonstrated that her Aida is indeed "world-class, " with performances at the Festival du Musique de Strasbourg in 2001, and more Aidas coming up next year at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse."
Passionate beginning by Keith Marshall
Classical music writer, 10/09/02.
Lust. Seduction. Jealousy. Murder. It must be time for the New Orleans Opera Association's new season, which opens with a bang this year with a production of Puccini's melodramatic masterpiece, 'Tosca.'..
How would Capalbo define her interpretation of Tosca?
"She's pretty classically diva, but it's easy to see she loves Cavaradossi, but there's also no doubt that she loves Scarpia in some fashion," she said. "I think there's a certain magnetism there."
Critics have described Capalbo's Tosca as "noble and dignified."
By Ellen Pfeifer
Globe Correspondent, 1/4/2002
Soprano Michele Capalbo says she relishes the opportunity to sing the title role of ''Tosca,'' and particularly the second-act confrontation between the passionate diva and the vicious Baron Scarpia. It gives her an opportunity to indulge ''in all that bad behavior,'' she says.
The Canadian soprano will appear in a concert version of ''Tosca'' presented Jan. 13 by the Newton Symphony Orchestra, Chorus Pro Musica, and conductor Jeffrey Rink. Because this won't be a staged production, she won't get to wrestle with Scarpia in quite so physical a way. But listeners will have an opportunity nonetheless to hear a young singer who is starting to generate some heat on the international opera scene. As co tor Rink puts it, ''she possesses a rare combination of vocal power and beauty and was recently a resounding success in this difficult role with the Quebec Opera.''
'Aida' production needs Mechanics Hall stage
By Frank Magiera
Telegram & Gazette Staff
Worcester Telegram, Friday, March 23, 2001
In Worcester, the title role of Aid ll be sung by Michele Capalbo, an up-and-coming "Verdi soprano" who is getting her first stab at "Aida." She said Verdi raised the bar a bit in the demands he made on opera singers. And "Aida," in particular, requires unusual vocal coloring throughout each singer's range.
"You'll hear high floats and low chest tones," she said. "And that really defines what a Verdi soprano is."