San Francisco Classical Voice – “Former Adler Fellow Julie Adams made her role debut as Elsa, the naive young noblewoman whose brother’s disappearance sets the plot in motion when Elsa is accused of murdering him. A budding dramatic soprano, Adams has a richly colored voice, an even scale, sterling control at all dynamic levels, and the ability to sing with power or delicacy as the music demands. She and Kutasi both sang with a marvelous musical line and dramatically apt phrasing.”

Seen and Heard International – “Adams summoned gorgeous tone and shaded her creamy soprano for dramatic and emotional character with sensitivity.”

San Francisco Chronicle – “American soprano Julie Adams, one of the most gifted Adler fellows to come through the San Francisco Opera in recent years, followed through on that early promise in her role debut as Elsa. By turns fiercely dramatic and winningly expressive, Adams’ vocalism illuminated everything that is important about the character, from the naïve faith of her first extended solo (“Elsa’s Dream”) to the restless, insatiable curiosity that shatters her hopes.”

Vacaville Reporter – “American soprano Julie Adams added dramatic force to her vocal chores, punching through the orchestra’s wall of sound when necessary, as she does on the poignant “Dream” aria (Einsam in truben Tagen) in Act 1”

Local News Matters – “American soprano Julie Adams’ Elsa partners him with gleaming high notes that express extremes of passion in their love duet…”

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