ARIZONA OPERA STUDIO CONCERT at Home Computer Screens

New Singers Join Arizona Opera’s Arion Roose Pullin Young Artist Program.

On October 5, 2020, I listened to Arizona Opera’s Studio Spotlight Series online concert held in the newly named the Shoshana B. and Robert S. Tancer Plaza adjoining the company’s building on Central Avenue in Phoenix. General Director Joseph Spector greeted the tiny audience of donors and the much larger online assemblage with remembrances of the company’s former general director, Joel Revzen, and a video about the late chair of the Arizona Opera Board of Directors, Robert Tancer. Only the speaker was unmasked.

Red and white flowers on either side of a light bar marked the stage area as soprano Caitlin Gotimer, in an afternoon-length dark dress, strode in front of the audience to sing the “Jewel Song” from Gounod’s Faust with pianist Robert Bosworth. Gotimer would have spent this past summer singing at the Glimmerglass Festival in northern New York had it not been for the pandemic. She showed her character’s surprise at seeing the casket of jewels and as she sang “ce nest plus toi” “that is no longer you” her expression showed distinct pleasure in seeing a bracelet grace her arm. She sang with clear coloratura that included a fine trill at the beginning.

Wearing pants to indicate she was singing a masculine part. Mezzo-soprano Michaela Wolz sang “Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio” (“I leave, but you my love”) from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (“The Clemency of Titus”). In this difficult aria, Wolz brought out her character’s emotional state and finished her presentation with fast flourishes of coloratura. Baritone Rob McGinness offered the aria “Vi tak Pechalny” (“You are so sad”) from Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, and his resonant voice glinted with golden tones.

Caitlin Gotimer returned with “Tu che di gel sei