Michigan Opera Theatre closed its

(2018/2019) season with Ricky Ian Gordon’s

The Grapes of Wrath….Mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner played Ma Joad, the emotional center of the family, with power and open-heartedness.

Her early aria “(This Dead Land is) Us,” which launched the score’s most crucial melodic motives, was as warm and loving as a mother’s hug; her later “No One is Goin’” was an explosion of fire and despair.

The story’s beating heart, Goeldner never faltered, her voice consistently stunning in this rare leading role for a mature mezzo-soprano.

Opera News, Jennifer Goltz

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