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Cecelia Hall

  • Mezzo-Soprano

Reviews

Cecelia Hall press reviews

"Cecelia Hall, a member of Lyric Opera's Ryan Center, offered a stunning rendering of the title character, graced by prodigious technical assurance across the mezzo range and an unexaggerated, convincingly masculine characterization. The evening's musical zenith was the duet "Cara/caro, ti dono in pegno il cor," which found Hall coruscating down the scale with absolute precision and blending beautifully with the warrior's inamorata, the princess Agilea (Italian soprano Manuela Bisceglie)." —Opera News, June 2012

“Cecelia Hall made a quite sensational company debut in the title role Saturday night. A current member of the Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center for Young Artists, Hall was wholly believable in the trousers role of the besieged soldier." "... Hall brought a rich mezzo voice and airtight security to her opportunities and was a consistently poised and understated dramatic presence.” —Lawrence Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, Teseo - April 2012

“But Agilea's heart is pledged to Teseo, a trouser role taken here by the gleaming-voiced mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall, a rising star of Lyric's Ryan Opera Center, who sounds headed for an important career.” "As her lover, Teseo (a part originally written for a castrato singer), Hall has the vocal beauty as well as the technique to spin the ornate vocal lines as if they are child's play. She has no trouble mustering the heroic postures Handel requires, musically as well as histrionically." —John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, Teseo - April 2012