the mellifluous mezzo-soprano Abigail Wright. . . has a rich and resonant instrument that retains its power all the way to the bottom of the register. She performed three songs from Georges Bizet’ Carmen, of which our favorite was “En vain pour éviter” which is generally overlooked in favor of the Habanera and the Seguidilla.
The mezzo was introduced again by the bass to sing the first aria, Liber Scriptus. Wright’s mezzo-soprano is full in the low range and balanced throughout with no apparent limit at top. She showed the intensity and drama the music demands and sings with sensitivity.
Another singer, Abigail Wright, nude, also performs extensively throughout and ends the piece alone with Offenbach’s ‘C’est l’amour vainqueur.’
Mezzo Abigail Wright delivered an aria from Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole with delicious flair backed up by splendid diction.
Abigail Wright was acidicly funny and in impressively good voice as Concepción, in ‘Oh! la pitoyable aventure’ from Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole.
There are some standouts in the rest of the cast. Most notably… Abigail Wright, as a hotblooded and sensuous Mary Boleyn…
Abigail Wright as Zerlina and Matt Osifchin as Masetto were well-matched and wonderfully sympathetic.
Also worthy of note were Abigail Wright and Lauren Christopher— in a show primarily about one woman, they still made their presence felt as past and future love-interests of Henry.