“Trouser role” in “Caesar” fits mezzo-soprano Blythe aims for convincing portrayal in Handel work
By Kyle MacMillan [Denver Post, 6 Feb 05]
Stephanie Blythe recalls exactly where she was 10 years ago when she fully grasped the power of great acting in opera.
Then an apprentice artist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the mezzo-soprano was standing offstage about 25 feet from famed tenor Placido Domingo as he sang a love duet in “Die Walküre” with soprano Deborah Voigt.
“He was right there,” she said, “just looking at her with all this love in his heart, and I totally believed this man was 20 years old and in love for the first time.”
Blythe will try to bring that same kind of convincing acting, not to mention one of today’s most acclaimed operatic voices, to her debut Saturday in the title role of George Frideric Handel’s “Julius Caesar.”
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