Santa Fe Opera: Capriccio 2016
Opera Warhorses The Italian Singer duets were nicely performed by Virginia soprano Shelley Jackson and Texas tenor (and Santa Fe Apprentice Artist) Galeano Salas. Both take part along with the six principal artists in the first two of “Capriccio’s” three comic octets, which are among Strauss’ most inventive operatic ensembles. I was fortunate to have reviewed Jackson’s unexpected debut as a Santa Fe Opera principal artist, starring as Norina in the first night of a new production. Currently part of Zurich Oper’s international young artists’ program, her success as Santa Fe Opera’s Norina demonstrated how deep the talent is within opera’s young artists programs.
Bachtrack (Maria Nockin) Shelley Jackson and apprentice tenor Galeano Salas sang the parts of the Italian singers with emotions I’m sure they remember from auditioning for this summer job. They were young and cute. Best of all they have luscious voices that I want to hear again.
Musical Toronto (Joseph So) The two Italian singers (tenor Galeano Salas and soprano Shelley Jackson) were more hilarious than usual.
Theater Jones (Gregory Sullivan Isaacs) Soprano Shelley Jackson and tenor Galeano Salas are wonderfully wacky as the pair who, after their brief concert, help themselves to the refreshments. Jackson hits the spirits while Salas inhales the cake.
Santa Fe Reporter (John Stage) Shelley Jackson and apprentice Galeano Salas exude charm and petulance as the Italian singers.
Opera Today (James Sohre) Galeano Salas and Shelly Jackson made notable contributions as the Italian Singers