Tenor Adam Smith gives his duke a boyish charm, but lets that mask slip to show the callous man beneath. His La Donna E Mobile is not some light froth. It punctuates just how cruel he is.
Completing our tragic triangle is the Duke of Mantua played by Adam Smith and, as well as a solid performance of perhaps the best known work from this production, “La donna è mobile”, Adam Smith gives us a fine performance as the Duke that is everything in a man that Rigoletto has come to hate - wealth, power, arrogance, and of course, almost unnatural good looks. All of these attributes are used to his advantage to get whatever he wants from any man or woman that crosses his path.
Gilda has fallen for the Duke of Mantua (tenor Adam Smith), unaware of his reputation with women. Smith makes the part his own with his matinee idol looks and towering tenor voice, as he sings the famous “La Donna e Mobile”.The scene where he fondles the disembodied limbs of a mannequin would be wasted without his strong acting skills.
Adam Smith sang the Hindu merchant’s aria with much tenderness and a smile in his voice
Tenor Adam Smith captures his character in a performance of perfectly controlled vocal and dramatic cynicism. At the first night, his jauntily sinister rendition of La donna è mobile brought the house down.
Adam Smith singt mit betörendem Schmelz den Tenorhit des Inders (Adam Smith sings with bewitching tenderness the tenor hit of the Indian)
le ténor britannique Adam Smith, un Timonier à la solidité de chant remarquable. (the British tenor Adam Smith, a helmsman with remarkable singing strength.)
Een bijzondere vermelding verdient de tenor Adam Smith die tekende voor een levendige, heldere en sonore stuurman. (A special mention should be for the tenor Adam Smith, who performed a vivid, clear and sonorous mate.)
Adam Smith portrayed the innocent Cassio as a humble gentlemen with a touch of naivety. A warmth and shyness in his voice conveyed his character authentically. His chemistry with Stoyanov produced excellent dramatic tension.
Enfin, bravo au lumineux ténor du jeune Adam Smith, Cassio flamboyant. (Finally, well done to the luminous young tenor of Adam Smith, a flamboyant Cassio.)
"The young tenor Adam Smith, singing Oronte, is definitely one to watch. His performance as Giselda’s lover was charismatic and suited to the romantic tone of voice, which is consistent and rounded. It also possesses incredible shimmer and blade"
"Adam Smith sang Oronte vividly and romantically, with a big, generous tenor voice."
"Adam Smith's attractive lyric tenor gives him amorous credibility as Araquil"