Performance Reviews

Recording Review, Ariadne auf naxos

Robert Levine

“Christine Brewer’s Prima Donna/Ariadne is towering. More fiery than Jessye Norman, less silvery than Gundula Janowitz, she still has absolute dignity, and I cannot recall hearing this role so easily sung. Top notes ring out with utter confidence and low notes are merely a lower extension – no register breaks, no surprises. Her attention to the text is sensitive; her opera seria attitude in her opening, low –lying monologue is delivered with just the right deadly seriousness and ‘There is a land’ soars exquisitely. Her soft singing in the final duet is stunning an her grander utterances gleam.”

Reviewer: Robert Levine

Review Date: October 1st, 2010