American soprano Talise Trevigne made her debut in the title role of Madama Butterfly at North Carolina Opera. The performance was extremely well received, with reviewers putting her in one line with Maria Callas and Leontyne Price and predicting Cio-Cio-San to soon become a signature role for the artist.
“There wasn’t a weak link in the cast… Talise Trevigne put down a firm claim on the demanding role of Butterfly, her first attempt full of radiant vocalism, meltingly lyrical or boldly emphatic as needed. … it seems inevitable that she’ll soon be widely known for this role.”
Roy C. Dicks, The News Observer (31 October 2015)
“Visually, soprano Talise Trevigne was the ideal Cio-Cio San. A petite, delicately-featured lady of great beauty… hers was a connection with the character and her music at the molecular level rather than a studied, Stanislavskian impersonation….she soared to top B♭ and thrilled with the freshness of her sound….The disarming sweetness of her ‘Siam giunte’ was invigorating … the line rising through top B♭s to the glorious top C with which she surrendered to Pinkerton’s ardor…. Trevigne made the famous ‘Un bel dì, vedremo’ an intimate statement of her faith and devotion no less galvanizing than Tosca’s ‘Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore,’ rising to the top B♭s with seemingly limitless breath control…The climactic top B♭s poured from her throat like emotions that could no longer be controlled…She met the demands of Act Three without a trace of artifice…Few people in the audience are apt to have been unaware that Madama Butterfly ends with the heroine’s suicide, but there were audible gasps when this performance’s Cio-Cio San unaffectedly plunged her father’s tantō into her neck. This was evidence of the singular force of Trevigne’s portrayal of Butterfly. A beautiful sound is not all that is required to sing the rôle memorably, but the pure beauty of Trevigne’s voice was unforgettable. In movement, in voice, and in expressivity, she was a Butterfly worthy of mention alongside Maria Callas, Eleanor Steber, Leontyne Price, and Renata Scotto.”
Voix des Artes (31 October 2015)
“Of the lead singers, Talise Trevigne, as Cio-Cio-San, was clearly the standout. With her pure and shimmering tones, she conveyed the innocence of the young girl. With astonishing vocal power, she portrayed the determined hope of the girl who saw any doubt as a betrayal. Her rendition of “Un bel di” was spot on.”
Ken Hoover, CVNC.org (31 October 2015)