Sunday, 15 April 2012

Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Verdi & Tchaikovsky

Went to the TSO last night for a concert of Verdi and Tchaikovsky, for a sold out performance featuring superstar soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky.

Ms. Radvanovsky looked stunning in a dramatic yet classic black floor length, full sleeved gown with a swoopingly low neck line.  Her intensely emotional performance of arias from I Vespri Siciliani and especially Eugene Onegin set the audience on fire, so that by the time we returned from intermission, the anticipation for the dramatic twists and turns of the sixth symphony, Pathetique of Tchaikovsky had us at boiling point!  I have to say it was the kind of performance that had you on the edge of your seat in anticipation, and when the final notes died away at the end of the work, the conductor held a perfectly still, engaged posture for what seemed like half a minute, building the audience into an absolute fever pitch of emotion before rapturous applause exploded throughout Roy Thompson Hall.  Definitely a performance to remember!   Here's a taster of what you missed:

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