CONCERT MATINEE"..In the nice Matinée series “The ensemble introduces itself” both Margarita Gritskova and Nikolay Borchev showed their excellent skills. What young, excellent singers are in the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera! Whereas I remember Margarita Gritskova very positive. (...) Gritskova made the first good impression with Rossini’s aria „Di tanti palpiti” from „Tancredi”. The excellent performance finished the mezzosoprano with the sensational high tone which turned the whole audience into the excitement. Splendid. (...) Margarita Gritskova could make with the „Contro un cor” from “il barbiere di Siviglia” an advertisement for the „Barbier”- series in June, where she will stand on the stage with Borchev. The both showed in the fascinating duet "Duque io son" that it will be nice performances. The acting gives also hope. (...) Gritskova succeeded also in her change into Russian. Her „Serenade“ by Rimsky-Korsakov was wonderful. Both of them, Borchev with the „Nye vyer, moi drug” („Do Not Believe, My Friend”) and Gritskova with the „Kaby znala ya” („If I only know”) impressed with Tchaikovsky’s love songs greatly. The duet “Din din din” by Evgeny Yuriev concluded the wonderful Matinée. Unfortunately, after a delightful addition of Gritskova’s and Borchev’s dancing, this musical and pleasant morning was already over. Kathleen Kelly accompanied with the excellent piano music. It shouldn’t be kept silent that Margarita Gritskova looked just breathtaking in her wonderful grey dress. With these singers the opera will have a lot of pleasure. It would be nice if the both of them stay longer at the Vienna State Opera."
Grand Inquisitor Season 2012/2013, Mai 2013