Review: The Art of Love, Jennifer Larmore, Princess

Well, when the soprano says she is a princess, it must be so. Ms Larmore finished off an elegant journey through the musical landscape of love with Victor Herbert's tour de force even including a "viva la diva" from the phenomenal pianist Antoine Palloc.

With her quintessential mastery of Rossini's Cenerentola, I expected her to shine in her first half closer "non piu mesta" and she did not disappoint. The fiery fioratura and passion of bel canto remain her specialty. Tracee and I attended this evening with our daughters, Alyssa and Emma, and they were star struck by the beautiful gown along with the vocal fireworks and refined elegance of these artists' collaboration. The girls were enamored by Ms Larmore's beauty, but my favorite part of the program was the "L'indifférent" from Sheherazade by Maurice Ravel. The intricate colors and shadings of the voice coupled with Mr Palloc's piano to create an aura of sound which perfectly painted the delicate imagery of the lovers' attraction and explorations of emotion.

Huge thank you to Va Opera and the Modlin center for bringing these wonderful world renowned artists to us here in Richmond. Great concert. Every empty seat in the hall tonight was a wasted opportunity for Richmonders. With the music in this hall, I was reminded of the power of love, the art of love and indeed.. the Sounds of Love!

Go out and buy her CD... sure to be worth it!


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