High C’s by the Dozen
Offenbach, Gounod, Bizet, Verdi
Janez Lotric (tenor)
Maris Skuja (piano)
The Slovenian tenor, Janez Lotric, gave an open air recital at the Landhaushof here in Graz last Sunday. The programme consisted of French and Italian opera arias and was an interesting mixture of warhorse arias and genuine rarities.
Janez Lotric gave vivid, energetic interpretations of the arias. His strength lies definitely in the "heavier" Italian repertory, while he seemed less at home in the more lyrical French arias. Lotric has a strong spinto to dramatic type of voice that is perhaps not a naturally lovely one but opens up in volume and brilliance in the higher regions and he has stunningly secure, ringing top notes. Needless to say that the cavatina from La Figlia del Reggimento whose repeated high C’s he delivered with remarkable ease and the no less taxing "O muto asil del pianto" were high points of the evening and drew huge ovations from the audience.
After a block of beautifully sung Puccini arias including the inevitable and enthusiastically received "Nessun dorma", the evening concluded with two encores: a delightful rendition of "La donna è mobile" and the equally popular "Granada". Very warm applause and cheers for Janez Lotric from a content audience.
Janez Lotric sang at the Maribor Opera before coming to Graz where he quickly made a name for himself singing Rodolfo, Manrico, Canio and Turridu. He made his debuts at the Vienna State Opera (Canio), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Manrico) and the Opéra Comique in Paris (Hoffmann) in 1996. Future engagements include I Pagliacci in Graz and I Vespri Siciliani, Le Prophete, Il Trovatore and Ariadne auf Naxos at the Vienna State Opera.