Janai Brugger is “a rapturous Pamina ready for prime time” (Mark Swed, LA Times) who “let loose a shimmering soprano. When she sings of her loss of love’s happiness in her Act Two aria, she caresses each line with tenderness, and the effect is exquisitely heartbreaking” (Jane Rosenberg, Seen and Heard International). Zachary Woolfe from The New York Times goes on to say that “The rising soprano Janai Brugger, tone creamy and phrasing elegant, found feeling within the constraints of the production’s stylization, her hair in an Expressionist-era Louise Brooks bob and her body flinching eloquently under the burden of Pamina’s suffering.”
Originally from Berlin’s Komische Oper, the production is inspired by silent films and 1920s animation. Die Zauberflöte runs through 15 December at the Los Angeles Opera. You can view the trailer here.