Amanda Echalaz dazzles in Cape Town gala
Published: 05 September 2011
Category: Vocal & Opera
Amanda Echalaz saved the day last weekend when she stepped in at the very last minute for an indisposed Deborah Voigt at an opera gala for Cape Town Opera’s opening of the 2011/12 season. She flew from London on Thursday night and performed on the Sunday to a sold-out theatre. The gala also starred renowned tenor Johan Botha and the programme included famous arias and scenes from the great operas by Puccini, Verdi and Wagner. Amanda also sang Maddalena’s aria ‘La mamma morta’ from Giordano’s Andrea Chenier, a role with which she already had major success this summer at the Bregenz Festival.
Amanda, herself from South Africa, performed to rapturous applause and cheers from the audience. The critics acclaimed her performance too with the Cape Times writing:
“She deservedly joins the ranks of the many distinguished South Africans now singing regularly abroad. On Sunday night, she must have felt even prouder at the wild reception she received from the normally more staid Cape Town audience. One can only use superlatives and say that her effortless singing came right from the heart. She has the great gift of suffusing every musical phrase with just the right colour and emotion.”
Back in the UK, Amanda will start rehearsals in a couple of weeks for the role of Tatyana Eugene Onegin in a new production for English National Opera by Deborah Warner, conducted by Edward Gardner, which opens in November.