Nedda in PAGLIACCI - Wiener Staatsoper, November 2020
La commedia è finita ! There is no doubt that, on that evening, there was already a feeling of the pandemonic doom and gloom of an impending second lockdown, the rumor foreshadows of a planned interruption of the opera activity were dominating the scene. This later became a certainty: the Calabrian protagonists’ couple Alagna and Kurzak sang and played in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci as if they had to prove that the Art form of Opera must not perish. And they and their troupe were also successful in it. Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci became the hit of the evening. [...] Aleksandra Kurzak, also in her role debut in this house, was Nedda, singing with great commitment, whether in her Bird-song or especially in her duet with the house debutant and new member of the State Opera, Russian baritone Sergey Kaydalov, who was a very good partner to her as Silvio. And even more so in the final scene, she was a strong challenger with powerful high notes facing her stage partner and also real husband in life. [...] Big final cheers as far as the corona-related thinned audience was able to do it. - Peter Skorepa for onlinemerker.com
Roberto Alagna & Aleksandra Kurzak triumphed at the Wiener Staatsoper. With them, there stood on stage a couple also connected in real life: she flirtatious and lively, he with his typical passion. - Wiener Zeitung
Coveted by three men, Aleksandra Kurzak performed Nedda with enthusiasm, comedic charm and pleasure. - Der Standart
After an intense duet with Silvio, on the wooden stage of the final scene, she maneuvered credibly between play and seriousness, between routine comedy and deadly threat - Die Presse.
A wonderful, exceptional evening ! Aleksandra Kurzak perfectly at her ease as Nedda, a smooth and greatly committed acting, a strong care of words, a vocally very convincing performance, powerful and very expressive top notes, a true stage personality. All in all a rightfull and successful Nedda❞ by Guy Cherqui for Wanderer
The Vienna State Opera has jumped in rapidly with streams of performances from the last few seasons. One highlight this week dates from the sadly brief “reopening” period this fall, a solid revival of the double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. The latter piece is glamorously cast with the husband and wife team of Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak. The soprano accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of making the role of Nedda, the adulterous actress, both compelling and sympathetic. Her star performance can be seen this Thursday starting at 1 p.m. - The Observer by James Jorden