October 3th 12:30
Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, France
Second encounter live with Klára Kolonits, the Norma of Capitole. Beautiful moment of sharing and of music.
The first part was dedicated to Liszt, whose renowned interpreter she’s been for a long time already. In the six songs we saw her dreaming, mysterious, fearful, enraged. Each piece she interpreted in a completely different way, the vocal colours were always new and varied. Even if this music isn’t really my cup of tea, I was there pinned to my seat and listening to this multi-faceted voice. Robert Gonnella’s accompaniment is also in the spirit of the different colours and emotions in every piece, every musical phrase.
For her first concert in France she was an ambassador of her native Hungary also in the beginning of the second, operatic part. She sang one of her favourite arias (that I never heard of) – Nagy Ég, remegek. The concert takes off from this point, we feel that we take part in an enormous moment of music and interpretation. The voice, warmed up by Lieder, grows in the volume and we can admire a festival of vocalises and interpolated notes, in a very impressive tessitura. We can tell that she loves this aria very much, she lives it and she transmits it magnificently to the audience. The spectators don’t hesitate to applaud her in a very spontaneous and lengthy way.
Personally, I went for this concert mostly for Linda di Chamounix’ aria and O beau pays from Les Huguenots. The first one is a a pure jewel of joy and hallucinating virtuosity, the interpolated notes, the trills, the variations – they are endless. The happiness of singing in its purest state. It’s really magnificent to see her negotiating through the technical difficulties with such ease and joy. Not sure if she would sing such a quantity of ornaments and variations in a full staged show, but in this context of a concert it was absolutely amazing. Marguerite aria that I awaited impatiently remains in the same spirit, performed with more noble colours and attitude, a tad less crazy variations – after all it’s a queen – but the trills, the piqués, the high notes are all precise and luminous here too. One has to bow deeply in front of such a technical mastery and such a heart… Bravo!
For the encore, she returns to Erkel for another aria – much more dramatic, as the heroine is asking her husband to kill her instead of their child. Certain passages sound as if the character was loosing her mind… certainly this music doesn’t fall far from the Italian bel canto, both in technique and in emotional load. It was a beautiful emotional finale of the concert, saying “au revoir” to the touched audience. It was really a beautiful hour of music that passed too quickly, we would have listened on and on!!! I can only hope to hear this singer in the pink city again and again in the upcoming years.
October 3rd 2019, CarayonK, Kévin Carayon
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Kling leise, mein Lied
Oh, quand je dors
O, lieb, so lang du lieben kannst !
Es muss ein Wunderbares sein
I vidi in terra angelici costumi
Ferenc Erkel (1810-1893)
Nagy ég, remegek !
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
Ah, tardai troppo… O, luce di quest’anima
Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864)
Ô, beau pays de la Touraine… À ce mot seul s’anime
Ferenc Erkel (1810-1893)
Ölj meg engem, Bánk