Seen and Heard International – Bejun Mehta and Danielle de Niese dazzle in La Scala’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto

019-10-25, Seen and Heard International, by Rick Perdian


I first heard Bejun Mehta at a Marilyn Horne Foundation concert early in his career. I thought then that he had the most beautiful countertenor I had ever heard, and time has not altered that assessment. He was joined by two other superstar countertenors, Philippe Jaroussky as Sesto and Christophe Dumaux as Tolomeo. Dressed in military garb with short trousers, Jaroussky looked and acted like a geeky boy scout, but his singing was fiery and passionate. Dumaux, bearded and louche, sang with equal bravura and had the richest tone of the three. […]

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Seen and Heard International – A Minimalist Opera in a Minimalist Production

2018-10-25 Seen and Heard International, by José M. Irurzun

The voices of the two protagonists were amplified which, I confess, is not to my taste. The characters of Tsunemasa and the Angel were interpreted by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, who was very good, although this is a much simpler character in vocal terms than what Mr. Jaroussky has handled on previous occasions. The Priest and the Fisherman were performed by baritone Davone Tines who was impressive in both vocal and acting terms.

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Seen and Heard International – Mahler’s Seventh Proves a Tough Nut to Crack

2015-09-07, Seen and Heard International

Mahler’s Seventh Proves a Tough Nut to Crack | Seen and Heard International

In Dalbavie’s well-crafted score the consistent vocal of counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky was in pristine condition, as gloriously smooth and fluid as one is likely to encounter. Despite Jaroussky’s finest possible advocacy for my taste the settings inhabited a too similar, predominately atmospheric sound world which soon became wearing.

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