Recital with Matthew Polenzani

by Beth Stewart

 George London Foundation, 2013

"On October 20, soprano Corinne Winters joined forces with tenor Matthew Polenzani in the first of this season's George London Foundation recitals at the Morgan Library's Gilder Lehrman Hall. Winters, a striking brunette who manages to be simultaneously gamine and seductress, revealed an arresting, uniquely plum-colored soprano that could pass for mezzo in the middle but explodes with vibrant color on top. She opened with a group of songs by Saint-Saëns and Hahn. "Si vous n'avez rien à me dire" was plaintive, but with a hint of self-knowledge, while "Infidélité" was vividly etched without being overdone. Unintimidated by pianist Ken Noda's ferocity in Hahn's "Le printemps," she brought the group to a bravura finish. For Thaïs's lament, "Dis-moi que je suis belle," Winters found contrasting ways to ask the same desperate question, negotiating the tricky intervallic leaps that mark the courtesan's insecurity and ending on a thrilling high D. Her inky, lustrous tone proved a good fit for two selections in Russian: Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dreams of a Summer Night" and Rachmaninoff's "Dreams." Winters's intense focus never faltered..."
Joanne Sydney Lessner, Opera News