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In Review: Biller and Riesen in Knoxville Opera's "The Merry Widow"

"Perfectly cast in the title role, that of the wealthy young widow Hanna Glawari, was soprano Susannah Biller. Her Hanna was confident and bright comedically, appropriately sadder-but wiser in the ways of romance. Not surprising, though, one could barely wait for her vocal numbers which treated the audience to a deliciously attractive mid-range that soared and a beautiful clarity in her high notes. As noted previously, her “There lived a Vilja, a maid of the woods” was simply hypnotic.

… partner in a romantic affair is the handsome and insistent Count Camille de Rosillon, sung by tenor John Riesen."


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