PressIrina Lungu takes “the role of Marguerite to soaring vocal heights” at the Sydney Opera House

14 March 2020by Tim

The Australian press has been raving about Irina Lungu’s Marguerite in “Faust” at the Sydney Opera House, February / March 2020. Check out here below what the critics had to say:

“Russian soprano Irina Lungu (Marguerite) was the pick of the three lead roles. Displaying excellent dynamic control, crystalline articulation and a rich, varied array of appealing tone colours, she persuasively conveyed her character’s emotional torments.“
Murray Black, The Australian

“As the forsaken object of desire, Marguerite, Irina Lungu has a beautiful voice that captures the character’s purity, with simple comeliness of line and tone, and personifies Marguarite’s humble modesty with discreet poise. Her vocal power is ample but kept in reserve until crucial moments like the final scene.”
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

“The young woman who becomes Faust’s reward, Marguerite, was sung in fine voice by Russian soprano Irina Lungu, who maintained her previously heard high standard. Lungu has an innate ability to act convincingly this demanding role to the current high standards of OA – she had the audience in her hands.“
Victor Grynberg, J-Wire

“Irina Lungu returns to Sydney after thrilling audiences with her portrayal of Corinna in Il viaggio a Rheims in 2019. Her portrayal of the fragile ingenue who descends into madness was touching; her singing was rapturous, the haunting Il était un Roi du Thulé sung with gentle stoicism in contrast to the dazzling coloratura of the Jewel Song (Ah, je ris de me voir) which followed, as shimmering and luminous as the baubles with which she toyed.“
Shamistha de Soysa, SoundsLikeSydney

“Irina Lungu, a fabulous Russian soprano  … controlled the difficult role of Marguerite superbly, often emphasising moments of emotional stress with a gorgeous pianissimo, and only occasionally letting fly with heart-rending fortes.”
Nicholas Routley, Australian Stage

“Russian soprano Irina Lungu took the role of Marguerite to soaring vocal heights”
Irina Dunn, City Hub Sydney

“The pure maiden Marguerite is sung with subtlety and control by Russian soprano Irina Lungu. She gives us sublime pianissimos in reflection of her character’s modesty, holding at bay her ample vocal power until just the right moment.”
Alicia Tripp, The plus ones

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