Julia Sporsén sings her first Gilda

31 July 2011

Julia Sporsén’s role debut as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto has been wowing the critics.  After her hugely successful house-debut at Opera Holland Park last year where she sang Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, this year’s production (conducted by Stuart Stratford and directed by Lindsay Posner) marks an important new role.


“Gilda is sung by the terrific Julia Sporsen whose singing and acting really tug at the heartstrings” - Warwick Thompson, Metro

“Julia Sporsen’s Gilda [is] outstandingly sung; the father-daughter duets, in their shanty-town shack, wring the heart. ” - Michael Church, The Independent

“As the innocent Gilda Julia Sporsén’s fleshy soprano maintains intensity with its expressive power.” - George Hall, The Stage

“As Gilda, Julia Sporsén’s agile attack and dramatic power regularly carry her to victory” - Geoff Brown, The Times

“Posner’s focus is on the intensity of the relationship between Robert Poulton’s Rigoletto and Julia Sporsén’s Gilda, whose innocence is matched by the furious sexual energy of adolescence. Though the shivering flute obbligato is still wan with purity, her “Caro nome” is hot with desire.” - Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday

“Julia Sporsén, as Gilda, was a real revelation, displaying superb clarity and projection, her tone pure and effortlessly pleasing.” - Opera Today

“The phenomenal voice Julia Sporsen…impressed from the first with her piercingly bright timbre and lyric vocal line…it was beautifully pitched, her trills flawless and her vocal colouring bright.” - John de Wald, Opera Britannia

“Julia Sporsen is a terrific Gilda. She sings well, and conveys a fascinating half-scared, half-loving relationship with her father.” - Bloomberg

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