I was thrilled with the vocal performances. For example, Ruth’s low G’s at the ends of her phrases in “When Fred’ric was a little lad” are usually glossed over or spoken, yet Jacobsen leaned into them with relish.
Jacobsen (as Angelica) was by turns saucy, exasperated and man-hungry, exhibiting a wonderfully limber physicality. Her refreshingly comprehensible Irish accent was a clear extension of her character, rather than an affectation.
Mrs. Paroo (Cabiria Jacobsen) utilizes a charming and convincing Irish accent and portrays incredible warmth, strength, and wit.
Tormentilla’s maid, Angelica, was played with gawky comic flair by Cabiria Jacobsen, who revealed a mezzo of richness and power.
Cabiria Jacobsen as Mrs. Paroo was so fun to watch and brought great energy and charm.
Ms. Jacobsen was among the best of a very capable cast. Seizing many comic opportunities and singing with great ease and comfort, her Ernestina was a highlight of the evening.
Cabiria Jacobsen was a brazen and appropriately shrewish Eunice Hubbell, and she clearly relished her bitchy pronouncements.
Another standout for me was Cabiria Jacobsen. She has a smaller role, but it was a great one.
A particular crowd favorite was Jacobsen as Cherubino, whose strong voice soared in the Act II aria. She gave the song a brash air and showed off a talent for comedy as well as a physical nimbleness not often seen in opera singers.”
Jacobsen has a brand of physical comedy and Bea Arthur-esque timing that does not exist on the opera stage.
His insistently intrusive sidekick, Cousin Hebe, was a charmingly comical Cabiria Jacobsen.
However, of unexpected shining distinction, was the maid. Yes, the maid did it, and funny she was, the mezzo-soprano Cabiria Jacobsen. Her comic timing, delivery, and edgy voice truly proved the antidote.
I can not fail to mention Cabiria Jacobsen as Julia and Lindsay Ohse as Lydia. Both of these beautiful young women inhabited their roles with charm and gusto, and sang beautifully—Lydia the more naive and flighty ingenue and Julia the more sensible.
Ms. Jacobsen’s portrayal in the beloved trouser role of Cherubino, the heartsick page boy, was as exquisite as any by Frederica von Stade in its intoxicatingly understated, yet believably endearing delivery, complete with the rich splendor of her radiant upper tessitura and her finely blended lower range.
In the roles of Nicklausse, the Muse, and Antonia’s mother, Cabiria Jacobsen was exceptional. Hers is a well-rounded and warm mezzo, evenly placed with ease in her vocal registers.
As her sister, Dorabella, mezzo Cabiria Jacobsen was a revelation. The voice had a rich and warm tone, and she acted up a storm. Particularly effective in the many trios and ensembles, Jacobsen promises a bright vocal future and is surely one to watch as her career ascends.
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