PREMIERE: G.BIZET "CARMEN" [CARMEN]"Weimar. The audience - dressed elegantly and luxuriously– thanked the régie: One could forget acrobatic and other Entr’actes in favour of the most essential point - Carmen! Everything focused extraordinarily on - Carmen! The 24-year-old Russian Margarita Gritskova, who has been performing for two years at the German National Theatre and in the e-werk (the additional venue for music and theatre in Weimar) with Monteverdi, turns out to be a new star on the theatrical sky. And we were nearby when it appeared... Already this year she moves to Vienna, got out of our sight - the woman with the incredible voice and thereby the absolute charm."
Lions Knipping, Thüringische Landeszeitung, Januar 2012
"Gritskova belongs to those women who don’t stint with their charms. They are placed certainly far more as our eye meets, somewhere between the diaphragm and the articulation apparatus. This trier reaps with the considerable discipline and fruity timbre her melodic exciter like apples from the tree of the desire; one guesses, the mature the more lasciviousness she will put into this role. Unfortunately, to observe the further development one may need to visit the Vienna State Opera from the next autumn."
Wolfgang Hirsch, Thüringische Landeszeitung, März 2012