Tune in to Iowa Public Radio this weekend for another chance to hear Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Romeo et Juliette from their 2013 Summer Festival Season, featuring Jason Slayden in his debut of the title role. The broadcast will air Saturday, Oct 5th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 at noon and can be streamed online.
“Matching [Gartland's] accomplishment was Jason Slayden’s idiomatic, coltish Roméo, characterized by glinting high notes and a beautiful tenor instrument. Mr. Slayden cut a handsome, boyish figure and paired beautifully with his love interest. His singing was imaginative and varied, and his interpretive skills are wide-ranging. … his top is a thing of beauty (especially in tandem with Ms. Gartland).
…for musicality, gorgeous singing and dramatic credibility, Des Moines has fielded an impressive pair for their title roles.”
–James Sohre, Opera Today
“The Houston tenor Jason Slayden traces a similar arc as Romeo, from his swooning serenade under the balcony (the equivalent of Tony’s “Tonight” on the fire escape in “West Side Story”) to the doleful arias in the following acts, when he’s forced into exile and then returns to find his new bride in the tomb.
In the three-hour show with four big love duets, Gartland and Slayden do most of the heavy lifting. But they’re well prepared – both sang excerpts of the roles as apprentice artists in 2008 – and they have excellent help from the orchestra, led by the Greek conductor Kostis Protopapas’ flair for the dramatic.”
–Michael Morain, The Des Moines Register
Read the full review here.