José Luis Gomez Thrills the Crowd and Critics at Stuttgart Opera La Cenerentola Premiere


Jose Luis Gomez photo credit: Matthieu Gauchet

Rising star conductor José Luis Gomez led Stuttgart Opera in an incredibly successful premiere of their new production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola on Sunday, 30th June.  The production, which wowed the critics, has already been booked for a revival this autumn.

Stimme writes, “A lot of spark: everything had the highest entertainment quality, particularly since the musical side shined so much. Under the baton of José Luis Gomez, it sounded not only wonderfully elegant from the pit, but also from the performers on-stage, where the singers offered a fine, ornamented bel canto tradition.”

Badische-Zeitung calls Gomez a “highlight” and say, “Like Gustavo Dudamel, Jose Luis Gomez stemmed from Venezuela's talented child prodigies, and won the 2010 Frankfurt Solti competition. Cleverly, he took his time and allowed the ebb and flow of the clarinet and bassoon, in the very first bars of the overture. It was worth hearing: with deliberation, he ignited Rossini's crescendo storm, setting free its strict rhythmic structure, extremely tight yet also relaxed. With great determination and a remarkable sense of sound, he pulled everything into a solid framework. The audience responded enthusiastically for the whole evening.”

FNWEB pay special attention to the understanding and interpretation of the score writing, “The premiere's audience were immensely entertained, especially because they heard an excellent musical interpretation. Under conductor José Luis Gomez's direction, the orchestra of the Stuttgart Opera House achieved the gentle sound of Rossini, and the choir sang and acted with great presence.”

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