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Don Giovanni / Lyric Opera of Chicago

I found Marina Rebeka’s Donna Anna superb: The sound was creamy, voluminous and steady as a laser, with plenty of fiery temperament to match the dramatic thrust of her singing ...

The Latvian soprano has the high placement needed for her big aria, “Non mi dir,” which drew one of the evening’s biggest ovations.

Bachtrack, Dan Wang
But when Donna Anna, sung by the amazing Marina Rebeka, is free of comic distraction, she simply steals the show, finding such a sure delivery and modulation of tone that she somehow communicates a deep self-assurance even when her character’s emotionally all over the map.

Chicago Maroon, MJ Chen
Marina Rebeka plays Donna Anna, Giovanni’s first victim who loses both her chastity and her father to him. Her impressive high notes pierced through Mozart’s heavy orchestration at key moments, adding thrilling treble scenes to the first act finale. Particularly good was her vitriolic “Or sai chi l’onore”—Rebeka peppered luscious *legato* lines with popping coloratura, spitting fury and anger and all the right notes.