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Review: Lucas in "The World's Wife" at the Barbican

May 5, 2023 | Musical America

"Lucas is in her element, too. Green's revised vocal writing draws on both her dark, resonant lower range as well as her heroically hefted upper register. Whether whispering, belting out top notes, or floating up to a comfortable falsetto, she's entirely unfazed. She also displays a tangible understanding of the text and its myriad meanings. Take, for example, her warm portrayal of the widowed Anne Hathaway, imagining Shakespeare had "written her, the bed a page beneath his writer's hands." She's powerful as well as Mrs Beast, rattling through a catalogue of women dealt unplayable hands, from the Little Mermaid to Princess Diana." Musical America


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