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Opera PLUS - Helena Havlíková´s Operatic Panorama, Opera 2011: First Sights

Opera PLUS, 8.3.2011, Helena Havlíková

Helena Havlíková´s Operatic Panorama, Opera 2011: First Sights

A promising talent has been acquired by the Olomouc Opera in the person of Barbora Polášková. Her reading of Carmen builds on the assets of this very young mezzo: at first sight a charming ingenue endowed with a pliant, well balanced voice, deep down she is perfectly aware of the kind of bait men are ever ready to jump at, and she knows how to “snap.” She would still need some more experience to achieve a truly all-round portrayal, expression-wise, of the unbridled, violently passionate female character, plus a stage direction which would help her find a wider register of acting devices.