Aida at Opera Australia
Leah Crocetto as Aida was a revelation. I took the trouble of listening to some of her other performances prior to attending, but nothing can truly prepare one to hear such stunning vocal control in person. A perfect, sudden pianissimo, deftly deployed in O, Patria mia!, was just one of the many moments that had the audience spellbound. Ms Crocetto’s portrayal of Aida’s emotional turmoil in Ritorna, vincitor! was likewise a moment I will treasure. With breath control and line worthy of comparison to the likes of Caballe, I’m sure we will see much more of Ms Crocetto in the future. Brava!
“The hectoring tone as Amneris bullied her “slave” (even pulling Aida’s chin around to face her) contrasted with the poignancy of Crocetto’s imploring adagio “Pietà ti prenda del mio dolore.” Crocetto’s reprise of “Numi, pietà,…,” her prayer from Act one, came out ever-more beautifully and soaringly after all these vicissitudes.”
“Leah Crocetto sang the title role with beauteous tone and a gleaming high register.”