Reviews

 "Cio-Cio-San"  State Opera South Australia

 'Gave herself to us... in such a way that there was nothing else happening in the world...'

 

Adrian Barnes, Glamadelaide

'Pure, expressive and soaring soprano that makes light work of the most challenging of Puccini’s arias.'

Katherine Arguile, Indaily 

 

"Liù" Sydney Opera House

 'Wonderfully warm expressiveness... holding the audience breathlessly on edge...'

Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

 'Vibrant clarity and youthful resonance...'

Chantal Nguyen, Bachtrack

 

 "Cio-Cio-San" Madama Butterfly, QPAC Brisbane

'Uutterly magnificent... utterly astonishing... her powerful performance is a masterclass in good opera acting.'

Nathanael Cooper, Brisbane Times

 

 'Brought youth, passion and vulnerability... The audience could barely contain the tears...'

Peter Pinne, Stage Whisper

 

 

"Liu" Turandot, Sydney Harbour

 'Powerfully effective... caused the audience member next to me who was new to this opera to gasp out loud.'

Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine  

 

 'Brings a wealth of experience... losing nothing of the freshness, the pathos  and  the steely determination...'

Shamistha de Soysa, Sounds Like Sydney

 

'Simply divine... Sings with perfect tenderness and clarity, making her tragic scene in the final act all the more incredible.'

Alana Kaye, Talking Arts

   

'Yet again perfectly captures the sweet heartbreak of her role with such a heartachingly beautiful voice.'

Kat  Czornij, Opera Review

   

'Haunting simplicity and beautiful expressive pathos... the most dramatically affecting moment of the night.'

Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

                      

 

 "Cio-Cio-San"Madama Butterfly, The Royal Albert Hall, UK

 

'Her vocal prowess was utterly lavish and bold and did not falter at Puccini’s signature arias.'

Mary Grace Nguyen, LDN Card

 

'Strong and vibrant... a stirring performance of ‘Un bel dì’.

Sam Smith, Music OMH 

 

"Mimi" La Boheme, Opera Queensland

 

'Arching and sustained... captivating the imagination...'

Martin Buzacott, The Australian

 

'Sublime... quietly flirtatious, subtly sexy... Truly she is a rising international star.'

Andrew Messenger, Limelight Magazine 

    

                                                                

 “Fiordiligi”  Cosi fan Tutte, Opera Australia

 

'Breathtaking ease, long phrases, octave jumps and embellishments all perfectly judged...'

Michael Magunsso, Opera Today

                                                   

 

 “Giulietta”  I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Opera Australia

 

"Exquisitely pure tone and legato, winning the audience vote"

Eamonn Kelly, The Australian

                                                                               

 

 “Liu”  Turandot, Opera Queensland 

 

'Tremendous vocal and dramatic presence.'

Martin Buzacott, The Courier Mail

                        

'Achingly beautiful performance... deserving of triple bravos.'

 Peter Pinne, Stage Whispers

                                                     

 

 “Leila” Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Opera Australia 

 

'Exquisite and fragile artistry, underlining beautiful articulation and intelligent phrasing.'

John Slavin, The Age

 

'Thrilling... she shone with mysterious beauty in her simple white costume.'

Sybil Nolan, The Herald Sun

 

“Mimi”  La Boheme, Opera Australia 

'Touching... lit through with grace and intelligence.'

Deborah Jones, Opera Opera

                                                                                 

 

 “Liu”  Turandot, Opera Australia

 'Provided the most touching moments with precision and colour softened by warmth.'

Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

 

'... Sang with irresistible voluptuousness, and died with dignity...'

David Gyger, Opera Opera

 

 

“Alcina” Alcina, Opera Australia

'Aplomb the proliferation of fiendishly demanding arias which is Alcina’s lot, and slotted into the stage action seamlessly...'

 David Gyger, Opera Opera

 

Nanetta” Falstaff, Opera Australia

'One of the best...'

The Sun-Herald

 

'Stole the show... with exquisite singing that was of a heart-stopping quality.'

 Roger Knight, State of the Arts

                                                           

                                               

 Stabat Mater, Rossini,Orchestra e Coro Verdi, Milan

 'Bravo il Soprano nell’<<Inflammatus et Accensus>>, dove la sua voce precisa ha saputo ben avvolgersi attorno alle volture corali senza lasciarsene catturare.'

Paolo Tarallo, Corriere della Sera

 

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