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Nuccia Focile

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Nuccia Focile press reviews

Dallas Opera - Cosi fan Tutte, Despina

"Nor did Dallas Opera disappoint on the casting of Despina. Nuccia Focile is one of the world’s most impressive lyric sopranos, and she proved to be a sprightly, arrestingly likeable soubrette."
Opera Warhorses
Dallas Opera, February 2010

 

Seattle Opera - La Traviata, Violetta

"As Violetta, world-class Italian soprano (and frequent Seattle Opera singer) Nuccia Focile is a lithe performer with a precise and vigorous voice, handling the repeating coloratura of “Sempre Libera” with seeming effortlessness as she proclaims devotion to her party-girl freedom."
Seattle PostGlobe
Seattle Opera, October 2009

 

Opera du Rhin - Marriage of Figaro, Countess

"Pour sa prise de rôle en Comtesse, la soprano Nuccia Focile fait une entrée remarquée dans le second acte où elle exprime avec un saisissant réalisme la mélancolie d’une femme de haut rang qui voit poindre son déclin, bien loin de la Rosina du Barbier de Séville et préfigurant en cela plus d’un siècle avant la Maréchale du Chevalier à la Rose."
Opera du Rhin, December 2008

 

Welsh National Opera - Jenufa

"Soprano Nuccia Focile brings to the title role the same musicality and insight as she did to her Katya Kabanova for WNO, almost wilful in her passion for Števa and thus more vulnerable."
The Guardian
WNO, Autumn 2008

"The big question was, could the wonderful Sicilian soprano Nuccia Focile pull off one of the toughest roles in 20th Century opera? It was, to say the least, a resounding success. Her voice had the perfect Central European timbre, the range ideal, and best of all, she proved to be an actress who immersed herself in teh role, a victim of one of opera's most tragic situations." Awarded 5/5*s.
Echo                                                                             
WNO, Autumn 2008

 

Seattle Opera - Iphegenie en Tauride

"A theatrical marvel…full of glorious and moving music, this production has a charmed cast of brilliant singing actors; a beautifully sensitive orchestra under the direction of Gary Thor Wedow; and emotionally intelligent staging by Stephen Wadsworth. … All three principals are physically perfect for their roles. As Iphigenie, Nuccia Focile is a revelation: powerful of voice and always deeply affecting. Brett Polegato’s performance [as Orestes] is so beautifully drawn that it’s hard to imagine it being bettered anywhere."
The Seattle Times,                                                                                 Seattle Opera                                                            

"Seattle Opera takes on a Greek myth, with breathtaking results. Two of the most absorbing hours of opera in memory . This near-perfect balanced combination of music, spectacle, and movement is as close as I’ve ever seen Seattle Opera come to the sort of ‘total art work’ that the idealistic Gluck inspired his devotee Richard Wagner to strive for. The power and nuance both of Nuccia Focile’s voice and stage presence make her a commanding Iphigenia, in a portrayal of magnificent commitment and courage. Tenor William Burden sings Pylades with thrilling emotional immediacy and beauty, pairing well with rich-voiced baritone Brett Polegato as co-captive Orestes. …ravishing stagecraft…the Seattle Symphony sounds especially dreamy."
Seattle Weekly,                                                                                      Seattle Opera      

 

Welsh National Opera - Eugene Onegin

"The singing is also  generally excellent.  Nuccia Focile - recently returned from show-stopping successes as Nedda and Violetta in Seattle offers a touching portrayal of Tatyana, moving effortlessly from the hesitant girl of Act I to the mature woman of Act III with an easy grace and displaying a fine range of vocal colour to match her character's development..."
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