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‘Maometto II’ is spot on

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By Melissa Riedel-Espinoza

In his program notes, Philip Gossett refers to Rossini’s “Maometto II” as “one of the greatest serious operas written during the 19th century.” After having seen the Santa Fe Opera’s performance Saturday, one is inclined to believe him.
From start to finish, this opera is a masterpiece, designed to show off a group of glorious voices, well-written choruses and, of course, the characteristic Rossini overture.
From the conductor to the orchestra, to the singers, to the staging and costumes, this production gets everything right and shows the incredible attention to detail an audience expects from the SFO.
Anna, Rossini’s heroine, is a complex character. She loves a man, her country and her father. She’s been lied to and feels abandoned.
She has to make a big decision. Rather than following her heart, she stays loyal to her family and her people, leading to the inevitable dramatic opera ending. Leah Crocetto is a miraculous Anna. She possesses a vibrant voice with flexibility and a fullness that is unexpected in a person of her age, along with being a beautiful performer to watch.


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