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The great British diva Rosalind Plowright sings La Zia Principessa in Seattle Opera’s production of “Suor Angelica.” Plowright, who sang the soprano character of Suor Angelica earlier in her career, has been singing mezzo soprano roles since the late ‘90s. She made her Seattle Opera debut in 2008 as Klytämnestra in “Elektra,” mesmerizing the audience with her sympathetic portrayal of a powerful woman who had become a monster.
In this passage Klytämnestra seeks relief from her “bad nights”: “And then I sleep, and dream...dreams that unfix the marrow from my bones...I stagger to my feet, and see that the clock hasn't moved. That's not the first ray of morning grinning under the curtain; no, it's still the torch outside the door, which twitches horribly, like a creature spying on my sleep. There must be an end to these dreams! Whatever demon is sending them, it will leave me alone when the right blood flows in sacrifice.” Lawrence Renes conducts the orchestra of Seattle Opera.
Visit Rosalind Plowright's website: http://www.rosalindplowright.com/.
Photo by Rozarii Lynch