"I was delighted that the two singers on the program were of such high caliber. Judging by the ovations, others thought the same. Baritone Roberto Borgatti, clearly a ham on stage, delivered Bizet’s Toreador Song from “Carmen” and “Come Paride vezzoso” from Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” with pomposity and humor. While virile with a warm depth, his voice also brandished a delightful flexibility. It would be wonderful to see him again on the Sarasota Opera House stage.
The same for the extraordinary voice of soprano Ariadne Greif. Her first turn on stage was a little tentative and I worried about the amplification distorting her voice in the middle range. “Song to the Moon” from Dvorak’s “Rusalka” introduced us to her glorious soaring upper range. When Greif returned with “The Jewel Song” from Gounod’s “Faust,” she excelled in the delicious coloratura that gives this music its charm."