Tuesday, January 17, 2012

REVIEW: Catrin Aur with City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong



HKAPA Amphitheatre, Friday January 13

"I love her singing, but she needs a stylist!” an elderly western woman quipped while walking out of the APA Amphitheatre. The subject of her remark was Catrin Aur, the Welsh soprano who was making her Hong Kong debut in a concert accompanied by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong with Welsh guest conductor Gareth Jones. Aur had just finished a concert of Italian opera arias, interposed with Italian orchestral music and the Welsh soprano’s frequent costume changes (three gowns in seven arias!).

Read my complete review of Catrin Aur's performance with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in TIME-OUT HONG KONG.


The thing is that I feel that she can do better! I think it has a lot to do with nervousness and the dry acoustic of the theatre. Catrin Aur's rich and gorgeous tone was at its better state toward the end of the concert when she sang Bellini's Casta Diva (Norma) and Verdi's Sempre Libera (La Traviata); and I would definitely love to see her in an actual staged production.



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Catrin Aur at the Opera

January 13 & 14 2012

The Academy of Performing Arts Hong Kong Amphitheatre



City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong

Gareth Jones, guest conductor

Catrin Aur, soprano

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