“Last night’s performance of Charles Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette soared with stunning singing and some mighty marvelous musicianship … Returning to the issue of melody, the opera includes a breathtaking aria in waltz time for Juliette–“Je veux vivre”; one of our favorite sopranos Ailyn Pérez performed this aria with technical mastery equalled only by the sparkle of youthful high spirits. During the course of the opera, Juliette must convey emotional growth from these adolescent high spirits to the solemn lifetime commitment to Romeo, through the panic of risk-taking to the ultimate grief of loss. These emotional changes were nicely negotiated by Ms. Pérez whose instrument has a lovely silvery tone. Her phrasing is impeccable and her French, perfect.”

Meche Kroop – Voce di meche