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Dumbed Down Kristina...
on 23 June 2011
This English concert version of Kristina is a curious companion piece to the Original Swedish set.
Helen Sjholm in the title role is superb as always and remains the star of the piece.
Pop/Opera singer, Russell Watson, brings just that to the piece, half pop and half pseudo Opera. Purists of both genres may find some annoyances in his vocal. Some of his attempted operatic affectations can make his delivery and interpretation somewhat stiff.
Kirk Odekirk, as Robert, has one of those very, somewhat overpolished Broadway type voices, that whilst you can't criticize technically, can sometimes sound a little phony and leave you relatively unmoved.
He lacks the emotional depth and raw honesty that Peter Jobeck brought to the original recording.
The translation still needs alot of work-if they must persist down that path-as the English libretto can sound rather hokey and somewhat trite at times.
To me, the piece is better suited to the Opera Stage: limited performances, big orchestra, original language, subtitles etc...
Why dumb it down for the Broadway/Westend stages?
It will only diminish the work, not improve it.