Maria Callas 1923-1977


Baritone Kenn Gartner sings Gounod
Victorian Englander House – November 11, 2006

Valentin was a soldier and the doomed Marguerite’s brother in the Charles Gounod opera Faust. It needs to also be mentioned that doom runs in that family. When Valentin meets his own beleaguered end, cursing his once beloved sister he naturally sings. Baritone Kenn Gartner performed “Valentin’s Invocation from Faust” accompanied by The San Francisco Concerto Orchestra under the direction of Geoffrey Gallegos, conductor. Gartner offered a simple ease of French. His strong, seamless baritone is well-trained and charming and falls easily on the ears. However as an actor bringing Valentin to life, he lacked a soldier’s cry of earth and thunder.

Reviewed by Vocal Avenues