Saturday, February 5, 2011

Billy Budd Buzz for Lieutenant Ratcliffe: Is Bolduc a Budding Budd?

Clemens Unterreiner: Stealing the show as a secondary character?

Our source in Vienna says that the barihunk buzz for tonight's opening of Billy Budd isn't with the title character, but with the role of Lieutenant Ratcliffe played by Clemens Unterreiner. She says that people who have worked with Unterreiner have always wondered why he hasn't been offered leading roles to show of his Hollywood good looks and dashing charisma. Of course, we're not casting doubt that the gifted singer and actor Adrian Erod won't be brilliant in the title role, we're just telling ticket holders to keep a keen eye for Ratcliffe. For additional cast and performance information visit the Vienna State Opera website.

Unterreiner, a Viennese native, has been with the company for just over five years and has become a fan favorite despite singing the usual array of secondary roles like Marcello and Sharpless. He's scheduled to make his La Scala debut in September as Count Dominick in Richard Strauss' Arabella


Christopher Bolduc: Future Billy Budd?
Every so often we get an email asking us to suggest a singer for a certain role or production and we're usually more than happy to oblige. However, while we're on the topic of Billy Budd, we thought we'd offer some unsolicited advice to anyone casting Billy Budd. We've found the perfect title character in Christopher Bolduc, who not only perfectly fits the description of Melville's character, but has that same unassuming charm that the character is supposed to possess. The pictures of Bolduc are from a recent production of Don Giovanni.

Just a thought.

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1 comment:

  1. I just saw it and sure Ratcliffe looked hot (as I could see from that distance). Billy was just meh. Even Peter Rose, with all his weight, has more charisma!