If you haven’t yet seen Verdi’s Luisa Millar at the Sydney Opera House you’re already too late; no worry, there will be four performances at the Victorian Arts Centre between May 16 & 27. It’s a stylish co-production by Opera Australia with Opera de Lausanne, however, the best reason to see this production is the title role performance by soprano Nicole Car.
After training at the Victorian College of the Arts, Nicole Car made her major role debut as Donna Anna in Victorian Opera’s Don Giovanni, a role she later sang with OA. Other leading roles followed including her break-through performance in 2014 as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin which lead to her 2015 Covent Garden debut in that role. At the Garden she enjoyed a complete success. Later this year she will sing Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte for both Opera Australia and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, with other roles for Paris Opera and Dallas. I imagine the New York Met is already paying attention.
Nicole Car has ‘a luminous voice’ produced in a seemingly effortless way and a wonderful stage presence. She has the air of the girl next door who can nevertheless convey the anguish of a wronged Countess. She has recently released a recording through ABC Classics. Called The Kiss, the recording includes arias by Verdi, Puccini, Gounod and Bizet. Unsurprisingly, she has included the letter scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin; a souvenir of her Covent Garden debut triumph.
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