Maria Vetere

Review from “Tutto Verismo” Philadelphia Kimmel Center by Michael Caruso of the Local.

“Italian-Canadian soprano Mary-Lou Vetere’s singing not only combined the tonal beauty of Tebaldi with just a touch of Callas’ cutting edge – she’s a dead ringer for Elizabeth Taylor in “Butterfield-8,” including the blue-black “Italian Boy” hairstyle La Liz popularized during the late-Fifties and early-Sixties. Even more important, Vetere caught Violetta’s desperation in Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Leonora’s over-arching passion in his “Il Trovatore,” Desdemona’s naïve adoration in his “Otello,” and the doomed fragility of Mimi in Puccini’s “La Boheme.” And she enhanced the potency of her singing with gestures and inflections perfectly gauged to the Perelman’s intimate space.”

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