On Tuesday 17 October Ekaterina Bakanova stars as Magda in the Puccini masterpiece La Rondine.
Bakanova has impressed in recent performances, receiving outstanding reviews.
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, June 2017
Against this sumptuous background, Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova stands out as a stunning Violetta…Bakanova’s beautiful performance earned her a standing ovation. She acts the role particularly well, allowing her Violetta to tread the fine line between worldly wisdom and innocent naivety that is essential to both the story and the character.
The Upcoming, Anna Souter, 15 June 2017
...it was immediately clear how she had cast such a spell two years ago. Her voice is bright, lean and free of any hint of oversized luxuriousness, her vocal persona fired up by a generous spirit and expertly applied musicality. The clincher, though, in terms of technique, was the way all her accomplished decorative work was hugely expressive and unobtrusively well defined. ‘Sempre libera’…was a show-stopper and her reaction to Alfredo’s serenade expanded the drama at this point in a way that rarely happens. It helped, obviously, that, with her fine good looks and an intensely communicative stage presence, Bakanova had no problems recreating the extremes of Violetta’s defiance and desperation, her fragility and fatal sickness. I could go on about the conversational directness of her recitative singing, the emotional verismo of her and Germont pere’s brokering her break-off with Alfredo, and the pallor that seeped into her voice for her beautifully paced death scene, but the point is made that Bakanova’s portrayal of Violetta was outstanding.
Opera Magazine, Peter Reed, 20 June 2017