In this cast, Garanca’s true rival was her fellow Latvian, Marina Rebeka, a Micaela of soaring, crystal-clear high notes ...
The soprano used them to build a fine-tuned dramatic arc from the ingénue of Act I to the mature woman determined to fight for her man among the smugglers in Act III.
MusicWeb International, José M Irurzun
The young Lithuanian soprano Marina Rebeka was an excellent Micaela. This girl has everything needed to ensure success in opera, provided that her steps are measured and she does not run too fast. Her voice is a little light in the middle, but it gains in roundness as it moves upwards and has a very well placed and beautiful high register. Today she is a very interesting light-lyric soprano, with an attractive stage presence and good performing skills.