Although Wagner acolytes will take in anything by their beloved composer, asking an ordinary opera fan to sit in a theatre for five-and-a-half hours (including two overlong intermissions) demands a big reward in return.
Bergonzi was best known for his interpretation of Verdi’s operas, and was responsible for reviving a number of his lesser-known works. He had an extraordinary attention to detail, and his smooth crooning legato, and warm delivery was admired the world over.
The Canadian Opera Company lost its star tenor, Clifton Forbis, yesterday due to illness. He was scheduled to sing the demanding role of Siegmund in the 4:30 performance of Richard Wagner's Die Walküre.
Fortunately the COC had engaged the young American tenor, Issachah Savage, as the 'cover' for the COC's run of seven performances. Yesterday Savage sang the third performance and, in so doing, has secured his reputation as a major contender for star status among dramatic tenors worldwide...