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Silvia Tro Santafe

  • Mezzo-Soprano

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Silvia Tro Santafe press reviews

Il Barbiere di Siviglia
"Spanish mezzo Silvia Tro Santafe has a charming voice and was mesmerizing as Rosina. A beautiful and moving voice. Having already made her mark in this role at the Grand Theatre de Luxembourg in 2006, she now confirms Rosina as a perfect fit - displaying perfect integration of voice and theatrical character"
Resmusica.com, September 2010
 
CD: 'Rossini: Mezzo Scenes and Arias' for Signum Classics
"From the first notes she sings in 'Cruda sorte! Amor tiranno!' from Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri, Spanish mezzo-soprano Silvia Tro Santafe presentsa strong vocal profile...Tro Santafe offers all the athleticism and courage one could wish for in this music. She certainly doesn't hold anything in reserve. As mentioned above, her timbre is unusual: dark, but with an edgy vibrato that can turn the tone brighter in her high range or when the voice is moving quickly. one of the most impressive aspects of her technique is the seamless integration of her vocal registers. She moves in and out of her very impressive chest register with absolute ease, mixing the chest and middle voices perfectly. The same can be said of her (frequent) ascents into her high register, where she fearlessly attacks high Bs and Cs with total assurance...Her implementation of legato is also superb, and remarkably, she carries this skill through her coloratura roulades, singing incredibly fast divisions without any aspiration. Frankly, the legato of her high-speed singing puts other singers who employ aspirates (e.g., Bartoli) to shame. It is also very pleasing to note that she displays excellent diction"
MusicalCriticism.com, November 2009
"..attacking the myriad notes with accuracy, producing them cleanly and with no suggestion of cheating by insertion of aspirates. To these strengths can be added her breath control...impressive"
Record Review, November 2009
"Her diction is exemplary, and she negotiates all the rapid runs, trills and leaps without any apparent difficulty...The jaunty cabaletta to "Mura felice" has an engaging swagger to it, especially at the words "Tutto e imperfetto, tutto detesto". As for "Ah, quell giorno", if a suitable Semiramide could be found to partner Santafe's Arsace, this opera might prove viable again. The Navarra Symphony Orchestra under Julian Reynolds provide sensitive accompaniments throughout. This is a most impressive recital".
Gramaphone Magazine review, January 2010
 
CD: 'Spanish Heroines' for Signum Classics
"Here now comes Valencia-born Silvia Tro Santafé. She excels as both Rosina and Carmen – natural choices since this is a concept album entitled “Spanish Heroines”
musicweb-international.com, Full review
 
Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Washington
"What redeemed the evening, to this ear, was the terrific singing of the romantic leads, Lawrence Brownlee and Silvia Tro Santafé as Count Almaviva and Rosina, both making company debuts...Tro Santafé was perhaps the evening's real revelation. Certainly she was an equal delight, her small body emitting a big hunk of sound. Any really good Rossini mezzo establishes a firm vocal foundation in the lower register, atop which to construct her high flights of musical fancy (see Ewa Podles and Marilyn Horne). Tro Santafé was right in line with this tradition, laying down big warm low notes which, as the voice ascended, opened out to reveal a shining, secure top. Rosina is a part taken by both mezzos and sopranos; Tro Santafé offered qualities of both."                                                                                                          The Washington Post, 14 September 2009, Washington National Opera
"Mezzo Silvia Tro Santafe was superb as a feisty Rosina."                     The Washington Times, 14 September 2009, Washington National Opera
 "The tenor had a delightful foil in mezzo-soprano Silvia Tro Santafé, as Rosina. She carried out Three Stooges-worthy pranks with aplomb in the first act, poured on the vocal charm in the second. Her voice rang out with great clarity and vibrancy throughout; she articulated coloratura lines easily, and added embellishments with expressive flair."                          The Baltimore Sun, 18 September 2009
 
La Cenerentola - Monnaie
“On opening night, Valencia-born Silvia tro Santafe vividly portrayed her evolution from put-upon, reviled servant to magnanimous heroine. With her creamy mezzo, she was equally at ease in her love duet with the Prince and the fearsome coloratura passages”.
www.thebulletin.be, October 2008, La Monnaie Brussels
 
CD: Handel - Serse
“Silvia Tro Santafe is a robust and fiery Amastre - the wronged betrothed of Serse.” 
Richard Fitzsimmons, October 2004
 
CD: Scarlatti - Griselda (Hamonia Mundi)
“Mezzo Silvia Tro Santafé has the unique, spicy timbre and spitfire delivery to etch the character properly.”  
Robert Levine, September 2003