What about the central figures - the warring or masquerading deities, and Calisto herself? Pretty much top of the list was Zita Syme's Giunone (Juno). The Queen of the Gods is infuriated and exhausted by her husband's incessant philandering, but she, jealous and humiliated, has a wife's power and dominance, so that it is she who finally forces Jupiter (Giove) to give up his passion for Calisto.Syme, a former Britten-Pears Young Artist, and winner of the Emmy Destinn Young Singers award, has, for my money, an exciting voice: forceful and domineering - and pained - as suits this particular role of the put-upon spouse, but much more than that, it's a voice rich in colour, so as to contrast the jealous and the repulsed.
Her delivery was best of the lot, immensely clear, enunciation spot on, her presence very considerable. She bares her teeth, but earns our sympathy. Clad by Chan in an aggressive, wholly apt searing scarlet, she looked the part too. Her first entry was strong and appealing. I was impressed by her every time she came on stage: one rather wanted more of her.
CLASSICAL MUSIC DAILY
12 August 2019, Roderic Dunnett