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La Traviata / The Metropolitan Opera

A lovely woman with a striking stage presence, she looked alluring in the bright red cocktail dress Violetta wears […] Ms. Rebeka has a big, bright voice, her sound, overall, is plush and full. She gained confidence and claimed the stage during the demanding Act I showpiece aria “Sempre libera" ...

She was especially moving in the tragic last act. Her poignant singing of Violetta’s farewell aria, “Addio del passato,” was subtly charged with remnants of Violetta’s heedlessness.

Bachtrack, Robert Levine
Attractive, comfortable on stage (and standing on the minimalist furniture), and with a shining soprano, she negotiated the coloratura difficulties of the first act with ease, even touching on an interpolated high E flat at the close of “Sempre libera”. She has several degrees of pianissimo as well; the spun lines of “Dite alle giovane” and “Addio del passato” were lovely and touching. She uses no chest voice at all and it was occasionally missed late in the opera, but the voice opens up to a grand size when needed, and she did well with “Amami, Alfredo” and her death scene. She should be a valuable asset to New York’s opera lovers.

New York Classical Review, George Grella
She acts and sings Violetta superbly. The beauty and technical polish of her voice is expected, and she also has the qualities that Verdi’s music demands—she can modulate dynamics, tone quality, and emotion with agility, and spits out words with fire, when called for.

She was full of life and charisma on stage. The crowd of partygoers, all dressed in black, swarm around her in Acts I and II, and her magnetism is such that she seems to dwarf the mass of people, shining out from their homogeneity. Her acting is unforced, and more essentially she sings the character in every way, from alluring flirtatiousness, through expressive conflicting emotions in “Ah fors’é lui,” to exquisite purity in the finale of “Ah, Violetta!” and “Prendi, quest’e l’immagine.” Rebeka’s artistic conception was to constantly move towards an ultimate simplicity, paring everything down until she reached the characters’ soul with her final breath. This was a deeply impressive performance.