Critic’s Choice

By David Fleshler

Sydney Mancasola

Sydney Mancasola

The late tenor Luciano Pavarotti earned the nickname “King of the High C’s” largely for his dazzling performance of an aria that will be heard this weekend at Palm Beach Opera.

Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, a light, melodic work from the composer’s brief residence in Paris, will be performed Friday through Sunday at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, sung in the original French but with spoken dialogue in English.

The famous tenor aria “Pour mon âme,” with its nine high C’s, will be tackled by two different tenors, alternating in the role of Tonio. Singing the role Friday and Sunday will be Taylor Stayton, a young Ohio native making his Palm Beach Opera debut. And singing the role Saturday will be Andrew Bidlack, heard in recent Florida Grand Opera performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute.

The role of Marie will be sung Friday and Sunday by the soprano Sydney Mancasola, who just delivered a fine performance as Leila in FGO’s The Pearl Fishers. On Saturday the role was supposed to be sung by Erin Morley, but she became ill. Bridgette Gan, a member of the company’s Young Artist Program, will substitute, singing her first leading role with a major opera company.; 561-833-7888.

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