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The long era of chirpy, lyric-coloratura Gildas may have seemed a dimming memory in recent decades, but they're back as Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak showed in this cast.
Kurzak is a dazzling new star.
The Sunday Times
It was as if the heady days of the Bel Canto Revival, with Sills, Sutherland and Callas, were back again, eerie and unforgettable.
She is a bright new star.
This is a singer who must be seen as well as heard.
It is a rare moment, indeed, when an opera singer can change the mood with a flash of an eye, the tiniest gesture of disdain.
Kurzak's Mad Scene was one of the best pieces of acting I've seen, operatic or otherwise.
Quenn Anne News
Kurzak, a rising-star soprano with flashing eyes and cover-girl looks.
Aleksandra Kurzak, looking like a young Gina Lollobrigida as Fiorilla.
The Guardian Unlimited
A star performance from the Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, here turning that capricious rustic minx Adina into a voluptuous sexpot in the Loren/Lollobrigida mould.