"Lindsay's Alcina commanded great feminine power over her island dominion"
Soprano Meghan Lindsay is Belinda, sister to Dido, confidante and critic. Vocally silvery and gleaming, the gifted early opera specialist lights up this shimmering Dido and Aeneas, her character a key player in building and rebuilding musical momentum scene after scene. Forever in command, Lindsay clearly glories in her role.
As Belinda, Dido's faithful handmaiden, soprano Meghan Lindsay brings her characteristic twinkly voice to the spritely melisma Purcell set out of her. She was so appealing in this role. There was a youthful vitality in her demeanour and voice that made Belinda one of the most lovable characters on the stage.
Meghan Lindsay, in the role of Giunia, the tragic heroine, demonstrated herself to be a consummate performer in the role. She injected a dark, somber quality to her voice that I have not heard from her before.
Appearing as Giunia, soprano Meghan Lindsay voices a strong, resolute heroine depicted in vivid primary colours. Gifted with numerous arias, her clear, translucent top speaks of unbending purity and goodness.
Lindsay’s Alcina commanded great feminine power over her island dominion. This was until hubris touched her, and the once conceited ego panics at the thought of her purview crumbling around her.
Soprano Meghan Lindsay's portrayal of the title role had the richness needed to elevate the figure of 'Alcina' to the status given to the most tragic characters in the operatic repertoire.
In Alcina’s title role, soprano Meghan Lindsay summons a sorceress of enormous complexity. Graced with a bright, limpid instrument, luscious timbre and superb technique, Lindsay reaches deep into her character to craft a performance bursting with paradox.
Alcina is her role through and through. The comfort in her middle range coupled with crystal-clear diction added an incredible depth of colour when she went into the top end of her vocal line. Her aria at the top of Act II was breathtaking.
Ms. Lindsay managed to inject enough bite into her timbre and enough menace to her demeanor that she was convincing in the role of the evil sorcerer.
The cast was made up of OA veterans – all so vocally talented that it’s hard to know where to begin singing their praises. With the strong, edgy performance of soprano Meghan Lindsay as the sorceress Alcina?