Julia Sporsén “captivates” in ENO’s new production of Julietta

18 September 2012

Soprano Julia Sporsén has received exceptional praise for her performance in the title role of English National Opera’s critically acclaimed new production of Martinu’s Julietta.

Singing alongside tenor Peter Hoare’s Michel, Julia has been described as “warmly luscious as his obscure object of desires” (Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph), giving a “memorable performance [as the] enigmatic Julietta” (George Hall, The Stage). Frequently lauded in the past for her dramatic performances, reviewer Mark Pullinger comments that Julia “captivates as Julietta, catching the ambiguity behind her character ... she makes much of her scenes on stage, with some impassioned singing in the duet with Michel in the woods” (Opera Britania), whilst Michael Church writes that “the biggest plaudits must go to Peter Hoare and Julia Sporsén as the bewitched, bothered and bewildered lovers, both acting as brilliantly as they sing” (The Independent). The Financial Times’ Andrew Clark sums up the performamce by concluding: “Julietta is sung by the sexy, charismatic, pretty-voiced Julia Sporsén, a complete stage animal who deserves to go far”.

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