Performances on October 12 & 14
Performances on October 6 & 7
Performances on September 28 & 30
Performances on August 8, 13, 15, 17 & 19
“Stellar is not an exaggeration in describing the vocal cast for Cold Mountain. Baritone Evan Bravos’ performance in the lead role of Inman indicated his career is already moving forward and little wonder; he commands a powerful, rich voice and his acting chops are first-class.” —Daniel Kepl/Voice Magazine, Santa Barbara
Mezzo-soprano Melisa Bonetti (Zerlina) and baritone Evan Bravos (Masetto)are an equally well-matched duo. The adorable pair is endearing, and their vocal performance suffers nothing for the physical demand of their roles. They are by far the most active and yet maintain outstanding control. Bonetti’s upper register at times challenges her diction but is more than compensated in style and beauty.Bravos answers with nimble precision and notable range. If the future of opera sounds like Bravos, the art boasts a bright future indeed. –Kelle Long, Broadway World Review, November 11, 2018
“Lillian Groag is known for making strong dramatic demands of opera singers. Mezzo Melisa Bonetti is especially active as the saucy and flirtatious Zerlina, playfully crawling during the suggestive aria “Batti, batti o bel Masetta” and growing sensual and affectionate during “Vedrai carino.” Vocally, Bonetti offers a vibrant, even timbre.Her groom Masetto, played by Evan Bravos, also shows strong physicality and acting, especially in his short aria. The pair has electric chemistry.” —Rebecca Evans, WHRO Norfolk, November 5, 2018
Down the social scale we come to Evan Bravos’ Masetto, thankfully played as a real human being rather than, as too often, an uptight insecure stick. He is a fine-singing charmer in a land of charmers. —Paul Kuritz, The Virginia Pilot, November 3, 2018
“Evan Bravos was splendid as the hot-tempered parolee Tom Joad, whose strong singing and acting marked him as a young talent to watch.” –John von Rhein, The Chicago Tribune
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