High praise for Shelley Jackson in her role debut as Manon in Salzburg

16 November 2018

Soprano Shelley Jackson has made her role debut as Manon with the Salzburg Landestheater to critical acclaim. Praised for her coloratura and warm timbre, she made her house debut in Salzburg as Mimì in La bohème at the Haus für Mozart, conducted by Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla.


“Shelley Jackson vocally fulfils the requirements for the title role … Since her national theatre debut as Mimì a year and a half ago, the voice of the US soprano has once again evolved. Moving between a silvery piano and powerful top notes, she sets the coloratura unerringly. Her warm timbre allows her voice to flow rich in nuances.”
Florian Oberhummer, Salzburger Nachrichten

“American Shelley Jackson is vocally convincing in the title role in Salzburg.”
Peter Jungblut, BR Klassik

“Vocally, Shelley Jackson’s Manon has earned herself laurels. With her vivid, clear soprano she revives the core structure of the music. Her strongest moments are in her emotion in the delicately sung "Je ne suis que faiblesse ... Adieu, notre petite table". In the scene of seduction, "N'est - ce plus ma main", when she succumbs to Des Grieux again, her voice elicits impressive colour and detail.”
Elisabeth Aumiller, Dreh Punkt Kultur


A trailer and slideshow of photos from the production can be found here, and performances run until 17 January 2019.

Photography: Anna-Maria Lõffelberger

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