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La Traviata / Lyric Opera of Chicago

Rebeka is a commanding Violetta, playing the role less as a victim and more as a spunky and brilliant young woman who is finally battered down by fate. She sings always with a complete control of long phrases, the breaths flexible and intuitive, the sound bright and well-modulated.

Seen and Heard International, James L. Zychowicz
In the title role Marina Rebeka was convincing musically and dramatically, with a commanding performance that remains strongly in memory. Stylish and persuasive, Rebeka had no problems with demands of range or tessitura and delivered a clear reading of Verdi’s melismatic passages. While this is de rigueur in the opening “Libiamo”, it continued at the end of the act in “Sempre libera” and also in the second act, with Rebeka’s duet (with Germont) “Dite alla giovine,” and in the final act aria, “Addio del passato”—her precision accentuated the pathos.