“One hell of a way to make a Royal Opera debut”

EkaterinaBakanova_040715PM The Guardian, Tom Service (UK)
“Bakanova brought a no doubt partly adrenaline-fuelled dramatic intensity to the part and embodied the desperation, dramatic extremity, and existential plight of Violetta more completely than any other performance I have seen. […]

She had the audience spellbound from pretty well from her first notes, and her scintillating vocal power in the big numbers such as “Sempre Libera” brought the house down. […]

This was an essential, forceful reminder of the visceral verismo of Verdi’s music. She gave herself so completely to Verdi’s heroine that she made Violetta seem as if she was being created for the first time.” …

(07 July ’15)

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