Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Reviews of La Bohème at Michigan Opera Theatre

As Musetta, Nicole Cabell offered lots of Mae West sassiness and ravishing phrasing.
Mark Slater, Detroit Free Press

What's good about MOT's "Boheme" is very good, and it starts with soprano Nicole Cabell's electrifying Musetta. When Cabell sweeps into view in the Act II Christmas Eve scene in Paris' Latin Quarter, the stage lights up with a quality missing altogether in the opening act. Call it presence or charisma; it's a luminous spirit that seizes the imagination -- even before Cabell has sung a note. But when she does, notably in a brilliant turn through Musetta's famous waltz-song, the whole production rises to another level.
Lawrence B. Johnson, Detroit News Music Critic