ALEKSANDRA KURZAK

OPERA

Lucia in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR - Royal Opera House, London, May 2016

The role of Lucia is daunting. Exorcising the ghosts of Callas and Sutherland is difficult enough without the added pressure of being on stage throughout the opera, but Aleksandra Kurzak rose to the challenge magnificently. Her sun-blushed soprano ensured she was no china doll Lucia. Apart from an ever so slightly pinched quality to a few high notes, she hurdled the technical difficulties with ease. So much detail emerges in Kurzak's coloratura – extreme precision, carefully shaped trills – yet it's never at the expense of golden warmth. Vocally, she reminds me of Renata Scotto – she shares the same brilliance of tone and even the slight scoop between notes. Her mad scene was utterly gripping, each flutter or phrase perfectly matched to her movement, Philipp Marguerre's eerie glass harmonica providing ethereal support.

Mark Pullinger - Bachtrack


Aleksandra Kurzak's Lucia is the best I have heard in this theatre since Joan Sutherland's fabled 1985 appearance. Her tone is pearly, employing a wider spectrum of vocal colors than her predecessor, Diana Damrau; she also has a more than passable trill and more clearly defined coloratura. Her Mad Scene, unlike Damrau's brought the house down...

Definitely worth seeing again, though, for Kurzak

Hugh Canning - The Sunday Times