2013 La Voix Humaine and Suor Angelica

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Gary Thor Wedow conducted this pair of intimate dramas about women who suffer tragic losses. Soprano Nuccia Focile won Artist of the Year for her performance in the Poulenc one-woman show, lurching between hope and despair. Maria Gavrilova’s impassioned Angelica was equaled by Rosalind Plowright’s brilliant, formidable Princess. The Bernard Uzan staging of both works was direct and unfussy. The large supporting cast of Suor Angelica featured several promising Young Artists.