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By Lauren Smart, the Daily Campus


Published: Monday, March 28, 2011


What is really remarkable in this production, though, are the performances of Paolo Gavenelli as Rigoletto and Laura Claycomb as Gilda. It’s a Dallas Opera debut for both of them, and a homecoming of sorts for SMU alumna Claycomb. Their vocals are the most powerful of the season.

Claycomb’s love-struck meditations and Gavenelli’s vengeful cries of anguish are breathtaking, but what is even more moving is how well their voices blend in their duets. Her sweet, clear Soprano matched with his rich, husky Baritone meet in perfect harmony.