Gun-Brit Barkmin: The young German soprano Gun-Brit Barkmin has won great acclaim for her dramatically intense portrayals of roles ranging from Mozart and Cavalli to Puccini and Britten. Harry Kupfer selected her to portray the Governess in "The Turn of the Screw" for his farewell production at Berlin's Komische Oper; these performances led the Berlin Theatergemeinde to award her the 2002 Daphne Prize for best young actor, the first time in eight years that a singer had won the award.
Opera magazine hailed "the magnificently sung (and acted) Governess of Gun-Brit Barkmin. Here... more was a portrayal feverishly committed, yet carefully judged and controlled. The voice is ideal for the role: a clear, agile, apparently light soprano that can suddenly exhibit unexpected power [...] She need not fear - even at this very early stage of her career - comparison with the most brilliant of British predecessors in this great part." In March 2006 she repeated the role at the Teatro Regio di Parma.