With a hint of a paradox, Braid flew to Greece to get "reined in." She sought out Marina Krilovici, the Romanian soprano known for roles like Santuzza
and Aida, who now teaches in Athens at the Maria Callas Athenaeum Conservatory.
Debuto muy joven, a los 14 anos (1938) en el personaje Santuzza
de Cavalleria Rusticana de Mascagni, en Atenas, ciudad a donde habian regresado su madre y su hermana.
The second opera on the night is Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, with soprano Zena O'May, of Queensferry, in the lead role of the peasant girl, Santuzza
Born in 1923, Callas began training seriously at thirteen, and was singing repertory as heavy as Santuzza
in a student production of Cavalleria rusticana just two years later.
Caption: Cavalleria Rusticana, Katharine Goeldner (Santuzza
), and Christopher Clayton (Alfio)
The revelation of deep, perverse religious undertones in the love of the betrayed Santuzza
for Turiddu (Jonathan Stoughton, convincingly loutish in his elemental masculine attractions) made for sensational, demanding theatre, chiming in perfectly with the massive depth of Giselle Allen's remarkable performance.
Giselle Allen (Santuzza
), her immaculately produced soprano shaded and coloured by the character's agony and desire for revenge, stands out, but Jonathan Stoughton (a virile Italianate Turiddu), Phillip Rhodes (bluff hailfellow-well-met murderer Alfio), Rosalind Plowright (a brooding presence as Mama Lucia) and Katie Bray (more openly seductive than most Lolas) are all excellent.
In Cavalleria Rusticana, Helsby Hughes herself plays a touchingly vulnerable Santuzza
, against Edward Harrisson's cocksure, bullish Turiddu and Katherine Cooper's warm-toned Lucia.
It is in large part a showcase for Turiddu's heartbroken lover, Santuzza
, played here with powerful intensity by Camilla Roberts.
Hidden in the folds, in the wrapping, of all these gifts, holy cards--the Madre di Gesu, Santa Lucia, Santa Agatha, La Santuzza
We acknowledge the dedicated support of our team of research assistants: Abida Akbar, Aliya Shahzad, Anne Marie Pham, Cristina Tellez, Ela Kostanecki, Fowzia Issee, Helen Negre, Joy Itamah, Leanne Hildebrand, Linh Bui, Maen Amer, Min Zhao, Namsoo Lee, Peter Ugodo, Santuzza
Wolff, Shilu Ghimire, Tony Pascuzzo, Tu Nguyen, Ahmad Sabetghadam, Betty Wong, Biviana Velez Perez, Chantal Hitayezu, Elena Golysheva, Eslela Andaya, Firozeh Penhani, Helen Oywak, Killa Maragang, Lubna Sami, Lydia Yip, Mai Nguyen, Mirela Pirvu, Paul Kalsi, Remy Lastiwka, Sabah Tahir, Salwa Kadri, Wilma Benjamin, and Zahro Shurie.
Van Dyck's Rosalie won an immediate international status that lasted into the 18th century, and even today she remains one of the most popular figural types for Palermo's beloved Santuzza