On Friday evening November 8 at 6 PM Arizona Opera gave its second Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio Artists’ Recital for a small socially distanced audience in attendance and its many followers online. The program was dedicated to the memory of Joel Revzen, Arizona Opera’s former artistic director and principal conductor. After a few announcements, soprano Cheyanne Coss opened with “Qui la voce,” Elvira’s mad scene from Vincenzo Bellini’s Bel Canto opera, I Puritani. Elvira lived in a time when women had no rights, so in opera madness allowed her to proclaim her true feelings. Coss expressed them most eloquently but had some difficulty with the final decorative runs. Pianist Robert Bosworth’s nuanced accompaniment helped her reminisce melodically about happier times. She would return at the end to provide the concert’s finale.
Next to appear on the temporary stage set against a multi-windowed door on the side of the opera