Joyce el-Khoury awesome in entire Mary Stuart run. Sat nite exquisite. Brava! @JoyceSoprano #SOMaryStuart @SeattleOpera — Eugene Carlson (@mauryisl) March 13, 2016 @JoyceSoprano @carlomontanaro @SeattleOpera Wonderful performance! — Hattie Kauffman (@Hatsfree) March 13, 2016 @JoyceSoprano &I was the gal on lower left orchestra side
On Saturday night, El-Khoury scored a triumph in the title role, combining an exquisite delicacy of sound with affecting vulnerability — yet producing plenty of steel in the confrontation scene in which she denounces Elizabeth as a “vil bastarda.” On Sunday, few in the house realized that El-Khoury had just sung this taxing role the previous evening — and you couldn’t tell it from her Sunday performance, either. Skillfully saving her voice when she could, singing full-out when it counted, El-Khoury rallied for a remarkable show and a final mighty effort, a brave high D. Brava!
Joyce will be performing opening night (tomorrow) as well as her regularly scheduled matinee performance on Sunday with Seattle Opera. Slippedisc highlighted the fact that Joyce will, in fact, be singing Stuarda twice in 18 hours - a feat for
Great feature in The Seattle Times: “I’ve been working the last few years to train my voice like an acrobat to be able to do all the things bel canto requires,” El-Khoury said. “It’s hard to put into words, but