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In Review: Gartland and MacKenzie in San Diego Opera's "Hansel und Gretel"

"San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett assembled a solid vocal cast, including singers who have become welcome regulars in the company. Sara Gartland, who sang Musetta in the the 2015 La bohème, used her clear, bright soprano to portray a pert, sincere Gretel, the classic wiser older sibling. . . Malcolm MacKenzie has appeared in a dozen San Diego Opera productions, but he is emblazoned in my memory as the vocally and dramatically imperious Sergeant Belcore in the 2014 production of The Elixir of Love. His opulent, ruddy baritone gave this opera’s Peter—the children’s caring father—bold authority and easily communicated his unalloyed affection."

-San Diego Story


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