08 May “El-Khoury could not have been better”
The reviews are coming in for San Diego Opera’s Great Scott production. Here’s what San Diego Story had to say about Joyce:
In any other opera, soprano Joyce El-Khoury’s brash, scene-stealing, verging on obnoxious characterization of the up-and-coming, opportunistic young singer Tatyana Bakst would have been egregiously over the top. But this is precisely how McNally wrote the role, stealing the major plot line from the 1950 movie All About Eve, and El-Khoury could not have been better. Her execution of Heggie’s version of the “Star Spangled Banner” written in the style of a blazing Donizetti cabaletta sent the Civic Theatre audience into hilarious uproar and rock-concert screams.
-San Diego Story, full review.