Il Trovatore at Opera Australia
“Leah Crocetto sings Leonora with sweetness and strength, moulding crescendos in her Act 1 cavatina Tacea la notte placida with masterly control. She took a commanding lead in duets and ensembles… and sustaining with peerless vocal poise the dramatic and musical focus of the work’s culmination in the Act 4 aria D’amor sull’ali rosee and ethereal Miserere chorus.”
“Leah Crocetto made her Opera Australia debut in 2021 in Aida and now we get to enjoy the full range of that richly textured and oh-so-delicately controlled soprano once again in Davide Livermore’s production of Il Trovatore.
She played Leonora, the pivotal character whose love for Manrico enrages her jealous suitor, Count di Luna, against a backdrop of the Spanish Civil War.
The American singer’s ability to switch from agile runs, leaps and trills — what we know as coloratura — to sustained high notes was awesome.”
“Crocetto’s huge, sumptuous voice… was gorgeous in its bloom, crystalline top notes, delicate ornamentation and dramatic intensity. The sometimes omitted Act IV aria Tu vedrai che amore in terra was magnificent and from here on Crocetto transcended her slightly self-conscious acting to achieve a deeply felt conclusion.”