Holly Bartges, Vanessa (Colorado Backstage)
The company has assembled a well-matched cast of first-rate singers who also prove wonderful actors. With her big, gleaming soprano, Central City regular Emily Pulley turns in a bravura performance as Vanessa. She easily handles the role's many technical demands, including the flitting, high passages Barber uses to suggest Vanessa's anxiety in Act 1. At the same time, she conveys the character's impenetrability and pain.Hooray for Patrick Carfizzi! As I have mentioned before, he is having an extraordinary career for a young singer.
Equally impressive is Leah Wool, with her expressive, wonderfully flexible mezzo-soprano voice. She seems attuned in appearance and every other way to the complicated character of Erika, poignantly capturing the niece's vulnerability, confusion and despair. Tenor Theodore Chletsos holds his own as Anatol, but more memorable among the male principals is bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi. He turns in a delightful performance as the doctor, making the most of the character's humorous aria during the Act 2 ball scene.