Soaring melodies, vocal acrobatics and grand passions were all on display at the 23rd annual Bel Canto Opera at the White Church in Blandford. Sopranos Mia Pafumi and Emma McDermott and tenors Fanyong Du and Jonathan Blalock took turns delivering on the evening’s promise of Beautiful Singing accompanied by Maestra Eve Queler and Mr. Douglas Martin.
Whether it was the precision, the vocal range, the expressivity or the exploding fortissimos, this performance for a packed house provided those of us in attendance a touch of great opera in an intimate and comfortable space housed in a historical structure predating even the oldest music on the program. It was a real treat.
Thank you performers for your years of hard work, and thank you Blandford Historical Society for starting and keeping this tradition alive for twenty-three years. I cannot imagine a better way to distribute some of the Massachusetts Cultural Council grant money.
–By Dr. Edward Orgill
Westfield State University Department of Music