On Wednesday night the soprano Marina Rebeka sang with alluring dark tone and deep feeling as Anaï, Moïse’s niece and also, to heat up the drama, the illicit beloved of Pharaon’s son.
Concertonet.com, Arlene Judith Klotzko
Vocal honors went to Marina Rebeka—Donna Anna in the Met’s new production of Don Giovannni. Here as Anaï, the niece of Moïse who is in love with Pharaon’s son, she sang with a bell like quality and spot on coloratura. She is also a superb actress. Her aria renouncing her love in favor of her duty, “Quelle horrible destinée,” was a highpoint of the evening.
Associated Press, Mike Silverman
Anaï’s decision to renounce her lover is played out in the opera’s biggest solo showpiece, a wonderful extended aria, “Quelle horrible destinée.” Soprano Marina Rebeka sang it with gleaming tone and fearless coloratura phrasing that made her the star of the evening.