Bayreuth Baroque - Julia Lezhneva shines in Carlo il Calvo
The premiere of the Bayreuth Baroque Festival succeeded in September 2020 despite all difficulties under the artistic direction of Max Emanuel Cencic. In N. Porpora's baroque opera "Carlo il Calvo", Julia Lezhneva convinces both the audience and the critics as Gildippe in the Margravial Opera House. The latter did not spare any praise for the Russian soprano.
Please read excerpts from the most important daily newspapers.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (7.9.2020/Jan Brachmann)
"... When you have such sensational singers as countertenor Franco Fagioli (as Aladagiso) and soprano Julia Lezhneva (as Gildippe) in the ensemble, the duration of the performance is bearable. Lezhneva cooing like a dove and flute like a blackbird. … The love duet of the two (Franko Fagioli & Julia Lezhneva), by which Armonia Atenea, conducted by George Petrou, orchestrally floats in raptures, reaches the musical climax of the performance ...". (Link to article)
VAN Magazin (9.9.2020/Alexander Gurdon)
"... However, the magical moment of the opera is hidden at the beginning of the 3rd act. If this opera were not to be performed for another 282 years, for this duet between the hero Adalgiso and his lover, between Franco Fagioli and Julia Lezhneva, this waiting time would be worth every second. …“(Link to article)
Süddeutsche Zeitung (5/6.9.2020/Egbert Tholl)
"... The (Franco Fagioli) sings with euphoric fervour the duet with the fabulous Julia Lezhneva, a dream moment for both, where time stands still. ..." (Link to article)
Wiener Zeitung (5/6.9.2020/Joachim Lange)
" ... But at the head of the ensemble, Franco Fagioli and Julia Lezhneva shine as lovers with obstacles. ... The only endless duet with the Russian soprano, as lively as she is light as a feather and floating away with him, receives the longest scene applause. Applause for the two magnificent protagonists, but also for Porpora. ... "(Link to article)
Neue Züricher Zeitung (7.9.2020/Marco Frei)
" ... But last but not least, the strong cast makes one sit up and take notice. ... The soprano Julia Lezhneva has long since established herself as a constant in the baroque and classical repertoire: here in the role of Gildippe, who is engaged to Adalgiso. A veritable singer-actor festival was held at the premiere, with George Petrou at the podium of Armonia Atenea ... "(Link to article)
Badische Zeitung (5.9.2020/Markus Thiel)
" ... The rest of the staff, whether vocal or phenotypical, is also cast to the point, including Julia Lezhneva as Carlos half-sister Gildippe, who clears the stage with wild slalom rides through the arias and a final Charleston. ... " (Link to article)
Nürnberger Nachrichten (5.9.2020/ Jens Voskamp)
"... The singing is outstanding to ravishing, above all the young Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva as the fiancée of Charles' son Adalgiso, who in turn is brilliantly vocalised by the Argentine countertenor Franco Fagioli. Both show how dynamically coloratura can be used as an effective creative element and not only as ornamentation. ..."