'A terrific evening... This marvelous revival, cast at International strength and brilliantly conducted by Edward Gardner'
'A Rosenkavalier to remember, as strongly cast as one is likely to hear and a world-beating celebration of British operatic talent'
'There’s a rapturous Sophie from our fastest rising star Sophie Bevan'
'The extraordinary young soprano Sophie Bevan... can smile like an angel and sing to melt the soul, ...the high point of the evening'
'Sarah Connolly... the voice is in perfect form: immaculately groomed, deliciously and darkly tinting every ensemble'
[Sophie Bevan] sings with both limpid beauty and intelligence, her voice blending to perfection
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Since winning an Olivier Award for her 2006 performance as Janáček’s Jenůfa, Amanda Roocroft has returned to ENO to sing Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes and the 337-year-old diva in The Makropulos Case. Her appearance in Der Rosenkavalier carries a particular resonance. This was the opera in which, as a 24-year old soprano, she made her 1990 stage debut with Welsh National Opera as the young Sophie. Now, like many leading sopranos before her, she has progressed to the more mature, richer role of the Marschallin, who, in one of the opera’s most poignant moments, sees in Sophie a mirror-image of her own younger self.
‘Her Elina Makropulos is an even greater achievement than her Jenůfa and Katya, because she morphs here into a totally different stage personality, temperamentally, vocally and physically, from the Roocroft we have known – and from any other Makropulos I have seen.’
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