Michaela Selinger

9. Februar 2014

US-Debut mit Maestro Muti und dem Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Schuberts As-Dur Messe

CHICAGO SUN TIMES September 2014

Three young Italian soloists — soprano Rosa Feola, tenor Antonio Poli and bass Riccardo Zanellato — and Austrian mezzo Michaela Selinger were absolutely matched and in sync with an ability to capture lightness and even sweetness without the slightest touch of syrup.
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CHICAGO TRIBUNE September 2014

[The soloists soprano Rosa Feola, mezzo-soprano Michaela Selinger, tenor Antonio Poli and bass Riccardo Zanellato] were fully engaged in Muti’s devotional reading. They made a finely blended ensemble whether singing alone or dovetailing with the much larger chorus and Muti’s orchestra. Thursday’s performance surely will be reckoned a high point in the maestro’s Schubert odyssey.
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What stands out when Muti conducts chorales and concert operas is his selection of singers. They are chosen for varying textures as well as pitches, Rosa Felola in the soprano part sang with ethereal beauty, a pure tone piercing to the hall’s ceilings. Michaela Selinger had a richer, darker tone. Antonio Poli, the tenor, displayed the unusual clarity and beauty displayed in his performance as Cassio at the Lyric Opera last fall. The bass, Riccardo Zammelato underpinned the sung music with a potent and robust performance. Such pleasure delivered in differences that blend which was another of the evening’s messages.
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