North Carolina Opera : CARMEN
Review by By Roy C. Dicks from CVNC
Conductor Keitaro Harada, returning to the company after an eight-year hiatus, again proved his expert sense of rhythm and tempo, moving things along in a sprightly manner but allowing sensual and emotional moments to register fully, especially in the entr’actes to Acts II and III. The company’s 46-piece orchestra responded vibrantly, including many fine instrumental solos and several rousing climaxes. Sometimes the percussion and brass overpowered the other sections but the overall impression was one of delicacy and clarity.