[Mezzo Rising: Tara Erraught – Photo Credit: operaklub debreven on Picasa]
Time for another entry in the “Mezzo Rising” series, due to the sad fact that Vesselina Kasarova has had to pull out of the first four performances of “Capuleti e Montecchi” in Munich (opening night this Sunday, March 27th) due to pneumonia. Best wishes for a restful recovery!
Kasarova being out means another budding mezzo getting a chance, and despite sadness and regrets over the missed VK Romeo, let’s try not to shoot the
Which leads us to Tara Erraught, a young Irish mezzo who has steadily worked her way up the ladder in and out of Munich these past few years.
She has been a member of the studio at Bayerische Staatsoper since 2008, where she headed a production of Rossini’s “Cenerentola”. Since this season, she’s a regular ensemble member at Bayerische Staatsoper where she appears as Giannetta in Donizetti’s “Elisir” and as Cherubino in “Le nozze di Figaro” – and on Sunday night as Romeo in Bellini’s “Capuleti”. She also starred in the DG-recorded Munich production of Ravel’s “L’enfant et les sortilèges”.
What got her on the Eye Bags radar: having to sub for Kasarova as Romeo in the new Munich “Capuleti” production.
Vocal Assets: listen for yourself – “Nacqui all’affanno” from Rossini’s “Cenerentola”
White Shirt Factor: 5 out of 10 so far, but pending until Sunday – I could only score a white turtleneck photo so far (see above), but Erraught radiates a no-nonsense confidence even when wearing flower prints that could be extended into a Romeo-ish swagger.
Pants or Skirts: so far, both seem an option.
Video/Audio Evidence: see above
Website: still in need of one.
Future parts: there’s definitely more coloratura and belcanto Rossini in her future, probably a Mozart Dorabella or two. I couldn’t find any Baroqueer repertory yet – would she try Handel? Or Vivaldi? Another option might be heroic belcanto a few years down the road.
Next chances at a live impression: listen in this Sunday evening at 7 p.m. (GMT+1) when BR live broadcasts the “Capuleti” opening night.
Further info: There’s a biography on IMG Artists, her ensemble info with the Bayerische Staatsoper and – re: floral prints – a (German) interview with the Merkur that she gave around the Ravel production.