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Charlotte Hellekant

  • Mezzo-Soprano

Reviews

'The chemistry between Andris Nelsons and the CBSO is nothing less than sublime...Hellekan't nuancing of the text and her resourceful versatility of timbre were matched but the glowing detail Nelsons found in the score...'

Birmingham Post, September 2009

‘Som i den omåttligt sensuella öppningsscenen mellan Charlotte Hellekants vulkaniskt åtråfyllda Nerone (och Ingela Bohlins naket älskande Poppea: ”Det är så skönt att det gör ont i själen.” En scen som med sina sensuella lekar och fladdrande lakan lika gärna skulle kunna ha platsat i en fransk 1960-talsfilm.) Och som bara i en liten gest antyder vilket våld som lurar bakom operans slut, då Nerone med en välriktad spark kommer att döda henne…

As in the unmeasurably sensual opening scene with Charlotte Hellekant's vulcanically lusting Nerone....who with just a small gesture hints at the violence that lures behind the end of the opera, when Nerone with a well-aimed kick kills her’

Dagens Nyheter, August 2009

'De vokala prestationerna skiftar (mellan det medelmåttiga och det förväntade fast med några lysande undantag: Ingela Bohlin som Poppea och Pallas Athena, Mathilda Paulsson som Ottavia och Venere, den unga Malin Christensson som Drusilla )och inte minst Charlotte Hellekant i hennes Drottningholmsdebut.

Hennes porträtt av kejsar Nero som en slängig och impulsiv tonårsslyngel, vars örfilar får tjänarna att knäa och vars kärleksbett kräver omplåstring, fyller rollen med ett vulkaniskt temperament som får väggarna att vibrera...

...Vocally it varies in quality with a few brilliant exceptions....especially from Charlotte Hellekant in her Drottningholm debut.

Her portait of emperor Neron as a gangly impulsive teenagebrat, whose slaps brings the servants to their knees and whose love-bites necessitates bandaging, fill the role with a vulcanic temper that makes the walls vibrate."

Svenska Dagbladet, August 2009

'Die schwedische Mezzosopranistin Charlotte Hellekant traf den übermütigen Charakter dieser kunstvoll subtilen und handfest erotischen Liebeslieder aus Frankreich, Italien, Armenien oder Aserbaidschan in den Stimmfarben und im sinnlichen Ausdruck perfekt...

...The Swedish mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant brought out the high-spirited character of these skilful, subtle and tangibly erotic love songs from France, Italy, Armenia and Azerbaijan perfectly through her tone colour and sensual expression.'

Süddeutsche Zeitung, July 2009

'Charlotte Hellekant was riveting in the title role, especially seductive in the mezza voce singing she brought to the Habanera yet stoic and full of controlled energy in the Card Song.'

Opera, February 2008

' Hellekant, making Judith unusually and frighteningly neurotic, alternately seduced him with sensual sounds and attacked him with invective. Her ability to sustain such alarming intensity throughout is testament to her greatness as an artist'

Guardian, 22 August 2007