As “dynamo diva” Julia Migenes states pre-show, “you don’t have to be an opera aficionado to enjoy and appreciate Diva on the Verge,” now playing at the Odyssey Theatre, but it certainly does help! Like fine wine, opera is an acquired taste, a most amazing art form, where high theatrics meet grand music, catering often to a high-end audience. Now, Migenes brings an amplified theatre experience to the public with her immense talent, stage presence, comedic timing, and beautiful arias and librettos.
Brava to the exquisitely talented soprano, who gives a superb, je ne sais quoi performance as herself, featuring some of her most illustrious heroines, in well known productions, such as Fiddler on the Roof, Romeo and Juliet, La Boheme, and Salome. Between elaborate costume changes, inspiring, haunting melodies, and a comfortable rapport with the audience, Migenes is a real natural on stage, with a full range of emotions and vocals, bringing opera “to the people.”
Victoria Kirsch, as the talented pianist, is once again in the celebrated soprano’s show, complementing the one-woman concert of operetta gems.
It takes a very powerful, confident and true musical genius to truly do “diva” well, and Migenes, so dedicated to her craft, performs her outstanding repertoire of melodies. Diva on the Verge is sure to appeal to opera lovers and novices, young and old, with its amazing, inspiring lyrics, and Migenes’ grand entrances and exits.
The show plays through January 9 on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. For more information, call (310) 477-2055 or visit www.odysseytheatre.com.