Julia Sporsén “simply outstanding” in Folkoperan’s La Traviata

20 September 2015

Julia Sporsén has received stunning reviews for her performance of Violetta in the Folkoperan’s new production of La Traviata.  Described as “a stand out” (Dagens Nyheter) and “simply outstanding” (Svenska Dagblade), the following is a snapshot of what the critics have been saying:

“Julia Sporsén’s Violetta vocal line unfolded with virtuosity…superbly secure and passionate…she was a stand out!  She delivered the great finale and death scene with impressive intensity.” – Camilla Lundberg, Dagens Nyheter

“Julia Sporsén is outstanding in the lead role. Her Violetta is magnificent and human, bewildering and crystal clear. It is a singer’s breakthrough that will be difficult to forget.” – Björn Wiman, Dagens Nyheter

“Julia Sporsén is simply outstanding in the title role.  With her strong, clear, vibrato she gives the role a credible range with many touching moments, not least in the last act.” – Bo Löfvendahl, Svenska Dagbladet

“Julia Sporsén is unparalleled as Violetta.  With a strong, dense and coherent voice full of character she gives a performance which deserves nothing but praise.” – Claes Wahlin, Aftonbladet

“Once every ten years, it happens on an opera stage…  A completely new opera singer comes along with exactly what it takes for a plot and storyline to take shape around her and come out in her voice.  So it is with soprano Julia Sporsén who sings the leading role of Violetta…  She excelled in the role of Kumudha in John Adams’s opera A Flowering Tree at the Gothenburg Opera House earlier this year…  Tension swarms around her as it does a queen bee…  In her voice is contained the expansion reflective of the person she portrays…  Everything is visible in her facial expressions and the full meaning is conveyed in her singing.” Expressen

“But it is Julia Sporsén’s interpretation of Violetta – both dramatically and vocally – that leaves the most significant impression.” – Per Feltzin, Sveriges Radio

“The love story between Violetta and Alfredo is carved out with warmth, love and humour.  This is not least down to the superb interpretation by Julia Sporsén, a soprano with rigor and a beautiful high voice.” – Patrick Uhlman, Ekuriren

“Vocally speaking, Julia Sporsén demonstrates the most impressive effort, but I would have expected this having heard her earlier in the year at the Gothenburg Opera.  Dramatically and vocally, I regard her performance as the highlight of the show!” – Mogens H Andersson, Opera Logg

Performances of La Traviata run until 29th November 2015.

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