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Emily
27th January 2012, 23:48
As an opera aficionado and an size-celebration enthusiast, I'm very much a fan of gorgeous plus-size soprano Twyla Robinson. I enjoyed both threads about Twyla which appeared on last year's forum, describing her appearances in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?t=2004) and Der Rosenkavalier (http://www.judgmentofparis.com/board/showthread.php?t=2120).

Now Twyla is turning from Wagner and Richard Strauss to the third great German opera composer, Mozart, appearing in the lead female role, Countess Rosina Almaviva, in the Opera Colorado production of Le nozze di Figaro (i.e., The Marriage of Figaro) in February, in two weeks' time:

http://www.operacolorado.org/operas/figaro/

If I were anywhere near the state, I would love to attend! Twyla is an ideal choice to play this famous role -- a voluptuous minx in her youth who has grown into a stately aristocrat, character type that suits this soprano perfectly.

Opera Colorado recently posted a video interview with Twyla in which she discusses her performance of the part. Anyone who knows the opera will find her insights fascinating. Otherwise, it's simply a pleasure to look upon her gorgeous, well-fed facial features:

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For anyone who is looking for the finest recording of this opera, the best choice is Herbert von Karajan's late-'70s rendition with the Vienna Philharmonic. It's being reissued in a special, newly remastered release a month from now, and it's also currently available as an MP3 download, for those who like their music that way. (Me, I still prefer the pleasure of a physical artifact, hence I treasure CDs.)

- The Marriage of Figaro on CD (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B006IOOXSM/thejudgmenofpari)
- The Marriage of Figaro on MP3 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0051U6IYQ/thejudgmenofpari)

Karsten
10th February 2012, 00:41
At last, Opera Colorado has released an image of Twyla in costume as Countess Rosina in its production of The Marriage of Figaro.

She looks so gorgeous! Her sumptuous figure is perfect for these aristocratic roles. She is immediately convincing as an noble lady of the 18th century who has made the most of her opulent lifestyle and indulged herself lavishly.

http://i43.tinypic.com/16lbgba.jpg

Her dress is so pretty and feminine, with the lace accents. And I'm delighted to see that the Opera Colorado production is a traditional staging, not one of the deconstructionist obscenities that now blight many opera houses.

This production, going on right at this moment and over Valentine's Day, would be the perfect operatic experience for any music lover. And as one of the most delightful operas in the repertory, The Marriage of Figaro would make an ideal introduction to the world of opera for any newcomer.

It would be worth travelling to Denver to see Twyla in this role, gorgeous as she is and beautifully as she sings.

Full-size version:
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Graham
14th February 2012, 02:13
Twyla and the rest of the cast of the Opera Colorado production of The Marriage of Figaro recently appeared on In Focus with Eden Lane, a cultural program that airs on Colorado's PBS station.

The video is embedded below. Twyla and the cast first appear at 12:19, then Twyla herself speaks at 16:51 and at 20:47. Click the arrow to play.

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She looks absolutely gorgeous, of course, and very full-figured. Her top is unfortunately loose, but she appears to be wearing a very feminine, lace-trimmed green camisole underneath.

She seems soft-spoken, thoughtful, and reflective, much more introspective than the rest of the cast, which seems rather extroverted. I would have loved to have heard more of her thoughts -- but for that, we have the video above, which Emily posted.