Egregious Self-Promotion From the Huffster
“…Philosopher Colline gets a haunting song near the end, which bass-baritone Alfred Walker delivered with youthful fortitude(…)Steve Huff and John Davies made the most of their brief walk-on parts…”
For one thing, John Davies, who plays dual roles, bass character parts Benoit, the Bohemian’s landlord, and Alcindoro, Musetta’s wealthy, elderly lover, is a complete pro with years in the business – he’s sung with Domingo and I don’t know who else. To get mentioned in the same sentence with John, who is very entertaining to boot, is awesome. Alfred Walker is a remarkably talented young bass – I guess I can say he’s young, he’s 3 years younger than me. Alfred’s vocal technique is nearly flawless, to my ears and eyes.
I only had two freakin’ lines. The version you read above is not the same as the newspaper’s printed version, alas, but I don’t even care. Of course this link is going out to everyone I can think of.
Just two lines. Damn…I can think of a lot else to say, but what I quoted above is enough.
You’ve only got one more chance to come see Boheme – tomorrow, Sunday, February 13, 2005, at 3. There are negatives in the review I linked, but I think the positives, including the fact that Boheme is a great “first” opera for neophytes, and the sound of the Atlanta Opera Chorus, which is a force of nature – I can say that now that I’m not a member anymore.
(I have a new blog in addition to my personal one – www.planethuff.com/darkside – it’s exclusively devoted to “true crime” stories, often, but not always, with a local twist.)