As Lady Macbeth, Lisa Algozzini charted the gradual degradation of a woman forced to reflect her husband’s ambitions back to him. Her “La luce langue” — haunted, fearful and quivering with uncertainty — became an elegy for people that she and Macbeth had not yet murdered, and “Una macchia” had a raw guilt to it...her performance was filled with gripping details.
Lisa Algozzini’s Lady M [Macbeth] was bold, brittle and fearless. Only when her fate was sealed did her veneer crack. Algozzini soared through the vocal challenges of the role, capturing both the sparkle in the Brindisi and the terror in ‘Una macchia è qui tuttora!’ as she tried to rid herself of that damned spot…Macbeth recedes into the background as Lady M [Macbeth] takes center stage.
If you are producing Macbeth, you better have a great “Lady M” [Macbeth]…Enter Ms. Algozzini, a diminutive Italian soprano who blasts us backwards with her extraordinary vocal cannon. A consummate performer, she can also bring it down for the intimate moments and takes us on the roller coaster of her inner turmoil. At first a schemer, coaxing her husband to become a murderer and ascend to the throne, her doubts and guilt seize her until she can’t take it anymore. Macbeth is the one depicted as out of control, while Lady M comes to her senses.
None of that would matter without great voices and acting, and Lady M [Macbeth] has both, starting with Lisa Algozzini. The diminutive Italian-American soprano makes the title role a tightly wound ball of dark energy. Her rich, powerful voice carries Lady Macbeth's unbridled ambition to the skies, whether she's rising from bed, pushing her husband to violence, or mourning an imaginary lost child. Baritone Kenneth Stavert matches her in strength, intensity and Verdi-worthiness as the thane Macbeth
Algozzini...performs Musetta with great temperament. In this way, she kisses her elderly lover on the head while she winks over to Marcello, whom she still loves. As the soprano sings the first tender notes of the aria, 'Quando men vo,' it suddenly becomes quiet on the tower.