G. ROSSINI "IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA" (ROSINA), 1, 4 OCTOBER 2018, VIENNA STATE OPERA, AUSTRIAThe masterpiece of Gioachino Rossini in any event conveyed the "lightness of being" that is especially true for his Buffo operas. However, the main prerequisite is performers who meet the vocal requirements. For example, performers such as the Russian mezzo-soprano Margarita Gritskova, who was born in St. Petersburg and can be reputed as a real discovery of Dominique Meyer. She is constantly improving; the upper register of her voice gets more and more intense and it has more strength in middle and lower section of the vocal range. Coloratura sparkles like pearls. And the acting talent of an attractive singer has always been obvious!
Peter Dusek, Online merker
«Christmas comes but once a year», the old worldly wisdom says. At the Opera house, this doesn’t always have to happen exactly on a public holiday – the day of the premiere. On the contrary, the expectations raised in the run-up to the event are often higher than what you actually meet and the following disappointment is great.
In addition, this is another life experience: the value of an opera house is shown above all in the way it presents itself in the everyday life of the repertoire. And the Vienna State Opera is usually quite well positioned, as can be confirmed now by the small performance series of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. The Basis for this is a solid and well-kept Ensemble, which raises future Stars again and again - as it is probably expected at present with the famous Gritskova.
As Rosina, Margarita Gritskova shows a great example of Rossini’s Belcanto art, with wonderfully sparkling coloratura runs and graceful sequences complemented by a subtle sense of playful moments in her performances, which she virtuously masters.
Manfred A. Schmid, Online merker