Seen and Heard Opera Review
Venus: Patrizia Biccirè (soprano)
Patrizia Biccirè, who stood in
at late notice for Sandrine Piau, assumed Venus with authority
and strong sense of vocal line even if it was not a conventionally
commanding performance. However, given the chamber scale
of the performance as a whole the integral qualities of
her approach were much to be valued as the evening progressed.
Carlos Mena’s clearly projected and supple counter-tenor
took the role of Ascanio in its stride. Anna Chierichetti
characterised Silvia with delicacy that appropriately
brought out the character’s virtue. The Act II confrontation
of the lovers was particularly well brought off: her phrasing
grew increasing impetuous as she tried to discover his
identity. His anguish at having to withhold his name was
suggested by a distinct tightening of the tone.