The german classical music blog “Klassik Begeistert” has published a glowing review of Irina Lungu’s performance as Violetta in La Traviata at the Hamburg State Opera:
“A world-class Violetta… .
Of course, the myth of the opera also includes the fascinating high demands placed on sopranos who dare to sing this role. The Russian Irina Lungu already dared to sing it in 2007 when Lorin Maazel offered her the part of Violetta Valéry. Not just anywhere, but at none other than La Scala. Since then she has sung the role, which she considers her “Alter Ego,” at many great opera houses around the world. And Hamburg was lucky to have had her during the “Italian Opera Week”. With her dark timbre, she interprets Violetta as a person of extremes. Her coloratura is flawless and delicately elaborated, as in the cabaletta “Sempre libera” when she sends proud defiance and a desperate courage to face life out into the hall with dazzling vehemence, always precise and secure in all vocal registers. At the same time, Lungu is enchantingly frail in the softer parts: whoever doesn’t suffer with Violetta in “Teneste la promessa” must be without a heart.
That Violetta has no breaks in “Traviata” demands a lot not only of the singing, but of the stage presence as well. Irina Lungu fulfills these demands impressively: she is a first class actress and embodies Violetta credibly at all times, pointing out the contradiction between her self confidence and her readiness to make sacrifices – all the while facing an inescapable, impending death. It is a great pleasure throughout the night to see her on stage.”
Guido Marquardt, Klassik Begeistert 03/2019