Reviews are in for La Favorite!

Philip Kennicott's review: click here to read.

Lindsey’s legato and pianissimo are magnificent, and she shapes lines almost but never quite to the point of fussiness. This was a concert performance, so she wasn’t called on to act physically, yet she acts through the voice with absolute clarity and devastating effect. She was the focus of the evening, but when singing together with the tenor Randall Bills (as Fernand) or baritone Javier Arrey (as King Alphonse), she was also a spur to her partners, drawing out more confidence, more detail and more attention to nuance from both singers.
Certainly the climax was Lindsey’s delivery of the opera’s showpiece aria, “O mon Fernand,” showing her musical intelligence as she marshaled her resources and found her own way into a scene that tempts one to over-sing at every turn and can easily shred a lighter voice. She sang it gorgeously and brought down the house.
The leadership of Washington Concert Opera’s Artistic Director and Conductor Antony Walker reliably brings the excitement of staged opera to the concert setting, never more so than in this performance of La favorite.
Chilean baritone Javier Arrey had a smooth, powerful tone over his entire range as Alphonse, capitalizing on the promise he showed as a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist with Washington National Opera three years ago.