Carlos Alvarez, Rigoletto. Gran Teatro del Liceo 201730 marzo, 2017
José Antonio García. Il Trovatore. Montecarlo Opera29 abril, 2017
Stoyanova and de León deliver gripping vocalism in Met’s “Aida”
The punishing role of Radamès is not an easy one for a debut, yet Jorge de León made an admirable first bow. “Celeste Aida” is about as cruel a start as exists in any major role, a demanding aria that marks the tenor’s first appearance onstage. De León’s rendition was a little blunt in its phrasing, but that he could produce so strong and ringing a sound right out of the gate was impressive nonetheless, ending the aria on a long, clarion B-flat. He tired noticeably as the night wore on, yet saved enough energy to give a passionate account of his final duet with Stoyanova, his shining tone mixing beautifully with her focused warmth.