Reviews: Handel’s Giulio Cesare – Opera North

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Giulio Cesare Opera North Reviews Handel’s ‘Giulio Cesare’Opera North (Jan – March 2012)

DIRECTOR: TIM ALBERY  CONDUCTOR: ROB HOWARTH

The Guardian

****”Kathryn Rudge’s Sesto……suggests that she has everything required of an exciting young mezzo: tone, technique and absolute conviction in a pair of trousers.”

15th January 2012, Alfred Hickling

 

Opera Brittania

“The promising young mezzo Kathryn Rudge made a fine Sesto and displayed a beautifully plush timbre and an interesting variety of tonal colours and shading. Her “Cara speme” was sung with great finesse and was one of the musical highlights of the evening for me – particularly her gorgeous messa di voce at the start of the da capo.”

16th January, 2012, Faye Courtney

 

**** Bachtrack

“The standout performances of the night, however, were given by Kathryn Rudge as the murdered Pompeo’s grieving son Sesto and Sarah Tynan as Cleopatra. Rudge sang her arias and duets with great technical skill and passion. She has a rich, creamy mezzo voice perfectly suited to the trouser roles she has received acclaim for (she made her professional debut as Cherubino for ENO) and from the very beginning of the performance she was an audience favourite, receiving warm applause at the end of everything she sang.”

16th January, 2012, Laura Jane Wilson

 

The Arts Desk

“The most impressive singing comes from Ann Taylor and Kathryn Rudge as Cornelia and Sesto, the murdered Pompeo’s widow and daughter; their duet in Act 1 is marvellous, the two voices beautifully matched.”

15th January, 2012, Graham Rickson

 

 ****What’s on stage

“Kathryn Rudge brings a youthful ardour to Sesto.”

16th January 2012, Ron Simpson

 

The Times

“The singers…put across these wonderful numbers with admirable musicality and often heartbreaking poignancy. Indeed several with live long in my memory ….the lamenting duet of Ann Taylor’s widowed Cornelia and Kathryn Rudge as her son Sesto.”

Richard Morrison, 16th January 2012

 

 The Yorkshire Post

“Of the eight principal characters, the company debut of Kathryn Rudge as Sesto really captured the attention. Recently a student at the Royal Northern College of Music, she is a mezzo of outstanding potential.”

David Denton, 20th January 2012

 

The Daily Telegraph

“Kathryn Rudge made a brightly spunky and impassioned Sesto, whose duet of parting from  his mother Cornelia (an eloquent and dignified Ann Taylor) was one of the evening’s highlights”

Rupert Christiansen, 16th January 2012

 

The Independent on Sunday

“Rudge, who excels as his agonised, fearful assassin.”

22nd January 2012, Anna Picard

 

*** Financial Times

“Two singers alone capture the emotional weight of Handel’s music. Kathryn Rudge’s plucky Sesto manages to be both stylish and moving.”

Andrew Clark, 27th January, 2012

 

The Spectator

“On the first night of this production the latter plot was much more engaging than the former, mainly because Kathryn Rudge, who plays Sesto, was so moving, so passionate and sang with such forthright ardour. Ann Taylor as his mother Cornelia wasn’t far behind, and their scenes possessed an intensity that would be a credit to any production of this opera.”

Michael Tanner, 20th January 2012

 

Opera Magazine,

“The mezzo Kathryn Rudge made a strong impression as Sesto particularly in her scene with Ann Taylor as Cornelia.  As has been noted here before, this is a young singer of exceptional promise.”

 Michael Kennedy, March 2012

 

The York Press,

“Rudge overcomes the handicap of an ill-fitting uniform to sing an absolute blinder as the boy bent on revenging his dad, as auspicious a Leeds debut as she could possibly have hoped.”

Martin Dreyer, 27th January 2012

 

Nottingham Post

“Kathryn Rudge was superb in the role of Sesto.”

25th February 2012

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