Operagasm Review Rundown: Opera Theatre of the Rockies Sound of Music
by Christie Connolley
Opera Theatre of the Rockies, the resident opera company nestled in the mountains of Colorado Springs mounted the musical The Sound of Music, much to the delight of David Sckolnik of The Gazette who reviewed the company’s venture into the world of musical theatre. Check it out in the Operagasm Review Rundown!
She is updating her bio to include this quote as we speak!: “Jennifer DeDominici’s Maria lifted the entire production from the ordinary. Although we have seen her excel as Carmen and Rosina in “The Barber of Seville,” her portrayal of this aspiring nun turned governess for the Von Trapp family was her best yet. She was totally infectious and lit up the stage at every moment. Her singing was always beautiful as she effortlessly transitioned from her chest voice (mostly associated with popular music) to her head voice (where opera singers usually reside). Mary Martin and Julie Andrews had nothing on DeDominici.”
The Sound of Music????: ”Thomas Wilson proved himself afine “pit” conductor. The orchestra, almost entirely comprised of Colorado Springs Philharmonic players, had only one player on a part. Sometimes a charming salon orchestra feel was produced; other times, the sound wanted for more opulence.”
The nuns make beautiful singing a habit (you see what I did there?): “The “sacred” side of the music was beautifully rendered by the “nun choir” prepared by music director Dan Brink.The five lead nuns each managed distinct and interesting characters with Debra McVicker’s Sister Berthe leading the way. McVickeralso earned high praise as the VonTrapp’sHousekeeper Frau Schmidt. Valerie Nicolosi was solid as the Mother Abbess and her rich mezzo made the most of what should always be the musical highlight of the “The Sound of Music” — the inspiring “Climb Every Mountain.”