Talise Trevigne has received outstanding reviews for her debut performance in the role of Bess in Francesca Zambello’s production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at The Glimmerglass Festival.
‘California soprano Talise Trevigne was an affecting Bess, engendering audience sympathy for an emotionally unstable personality. Gershwin has showered on Bess a wealth of melodies that Trevigne performed elegantly – a beautifully controlled, vocally expressive soprano that suggested that, had the course of hard luck events gone differently, Trevigne’s Bess might have summoned the strength to overcome her demons.’ – Opera Warhorses
‘Talise Trevigne is a well-established soprano. Her voice has a rich lyric quality and she easily negotiated the soaring lines that Gershwin assigned to Bess, the bad girl incapable of redeeming herself through love.’ Edward Sava-Segal, Bachtrack
‘Her Bess was lost and wild and vulnerable and lonely, a perfect match for Porgy. She sang the role just as beautifully and expressively as we expect, and looked as sexy as Bess should.’ - Taminophile
‘As Bess, soprano Talise Trevigne also sings beautifully. Despite her bright orange slip dress and red hair, Trevigne’s Bess often seems ragged and off kilter physically, a reflection of her wrenching inner conflicts between a life of propriety or of continued addiction. When Porgy and Bess are in bed together singing “Bess You Is My Woman Now,” there’s a bittersweet and unsettled mingling of seduction and devotion.’ – Joseph Dalton, WAMC Northeast Public Radio
‘Bess is Talise Trevigne, also a veteran of a repertoire of Mozart, Strauss, and modern composers. Her duets with Ngqungwana were beautifully sung, and she held onto her final notes with a vengeance.’ – Bettina A. Norton, Boston Musical Intelligencer
‘Ms. Talise’s is warm, glinting in the heights and displays all the color of a mezzo-soprano at its depths. Their acting is just as phenomenal as their gorgeous singing.’ – Richard Carter, Blasting News
‘Trevigne has a marvelously strong and dramatic voice and she displays a tremendous emotional range in her performance.’ – James Karas, Karas Reviews