Cynthia Clayton & Hector Vásquez

Cynthia Clayton

     soprano

Hector Vásquez

     baritone

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cynthia Clayton

 
 
 
 
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Baritone

Hector Vásquez

 
 
 
 
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Press Reviews

Soprano Cynthia Clayton was a graceful, fragile Desdemona. She projected well, had no trouble with the high-lying reaches of the role and sounded fresh throughout. Her “Willow” song was one of the production’s high points.
— SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
“In the title role, Cynthia Clayton gave a performance of heart-breaking tenderness and vitality, using her full-bodied soprano to depict Susannah’s harrowing downfall at the hands of mass righteousness. The melodic phrases of her famous Act 1 aria, “Ain’t it a pretty night,” arched dreamily with the joy of being alive, while the mournful ballad of Act 2… drew a devastating emotional contrast... As the lust-ridden preacher Olin Blitch, baritone Hector Vásquez gave the most dynamic performance I’ve heard from him in years — energetic, forceful, rich in vocal color and tinged with just enough spiritual nuance to keep Blitch from being a complete caricature villain.”
— SAN FRANCISCO Chronicle
Soprano Cynthia Clayton scored another Utah Opera success Saturday with her performance as Florencia Grimaldi, a beloved but enigmatic opera superstar who harbors a secret hope of being reunited with a long-lost lover when she returns to her homeland to sing. Clayton struck the right vocal and dramatic balance of dignity, self-possession and vulnerability....Baritone Hector Vásquez provided a firm anchor in reality as the Capitan, Riolobo’s counterpart in the tangible realm.
— SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
The star of the show is Hector Vásquez’s Forester, his baritone finely focused and flexible and carrying well out into the Brown Theater.
— Dallas Morning News
 
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