This concert thrilled with the expectation of Glyndebourne’s future stars. Baritone Huw Montague Rendall began well as Rossini’s factotum barber, Figaro, yet he was more telling in Schumann’s poignant and taxing ‘Die, Love & Joy’, and even more heart-breaking in Valentin’s aria from Gounod’s ‘Faust’. Soprano Natalia Tanasii excelled in ‘Senza mamma’ from Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’, inwardly focussed and tragic, and in plucky Micaëla’s aria from ‘Carmen’. Maltese mezzo-soprano Marvic Monreal has a luxuriously rich contralto which gave sensuous life to Dalila’s ecstatic aria from Saint-Saëns’ ‘Samson et Dalila’. They were all magnificently supported by Matthew Fletcher at the piano.
Studio Theatre, Brighton Dome, 23 May 2016