OPERA REVIEWS

Katherine Larson as "Tosca" at the Croswell Opera House


"Opera Duets"

May 4th, 2008, Tuesday Musicale
Detroit, Michigan

"Our audience and Tuesday Musicale members have not stopped talking since our Arts Concert on May 4th. And the reason for their joy is the program presented by you and Peiyi. It was a tour d'force of excellence and skill of vocal expression that was astonishing. We celebrated your solos, duets; the breath and depth of emotion, with controlled acting skills that provided the songs, arias with a splendor and beauty unparalleled to our ears.

Thank You for sharing your artisty with us.--Jack Slimko, President, Tuesday Musicale


"A Night to Remember"

"Hartmann and Larson both were thoroughly enjoyable to have on the Croswell stage again. Neither singer has lost any of the vocal abilities that made them among OPERA!Lenawee's standout performers; in fact, if anything Larson's voice has matured and improved in the years since "Tosca." Her singing of "Vissi d'arte" from "Tosca" was richly done and her "Un bel di" from "Madama Butterfly" was breathtakingly beautiful."

The Daily Telegram
April 12, 2006

"Your singing made our concert on Saturday with the ASO a wonderful evening. What a pleasure it was to have you back in Adrian and sharing your gorgeous voice with us. I've heard so many compliments from audience members about your singing. Thank You! --Susan Hoffman, Executive Director


"A2SO Goes out in Style at Hill"

"Season-finale concert of Mahler piece thrills crowd. Larson sang radiantly...It was truly heavenly singing."

The Ann Arbor News
April 18, 2005


"Symphony's 75th gets off to an enthusiastic start"

"The multi-talented Larson, known as much hereabouts for her murals and children's book illustrations, has one of those golden voices. She produces a gorgeous sound, as rich and warm as it is remarkably clear; her projection and stage manner are similarly enticing. It didn't hurt that she was singing three of the most beautiful art songs in any language- Strauss' "Wiegenlied", "Morgen" and "Zueignung"- and Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer....the cycle finished gloriously; Larson was perfection as she whispered the poignant final reiterated words of the last song ("Lieb und Leid/ Und Welt und Traum"- "Love and sorrow/ My world and dreams"); indeed, she found just the right sound for each of the song's three sections."

The Ann Arbor News
September 22, 2003


"Fantastic voices highlight 'Butterfly'"

"Katherine Larson's performance was astonishing -- a powerful high range that topped the orchestra's fortissimo and delicate pianissimos that could be heard in the back row. Not only could she sing, but she could act, as well."

South Bend Tribune


"Soloists make 'Elijah' a memorable choral outing"

"...soprano Katherine Larson, brought a beautiful sound, strong projection and a theatrical presence not only to this tableau, but to all of her singing Sunday."

The Ann Arbor News
February 23, 1998


"Verdi's Requiem"

"Soprano Katherine Larson had a clarity of tone that was beautiful to hear, even going after that high B natural at the end of the Andante in the 'Libre me.'...Larson and McCormick's duetting was simply idyllic, blending and balancing perfectly in 'Recordare' of the 'Dies Irae.' Worth the price of the ticket itself!"

The Pantagraph, Springfield, Illinois
May 3, 1997


"A2SO Serves International Bill of Fare"

"The whipped cream came in the middle, an unusual but appropriate spot, in the autumnal Strauss songs. The soloist was soprano Katherine Larson, an Ann Arborite who doesn't have to depend on local connections to garner plaudits and bouquets. Her voice has the radiance, weight, power and sheen for this end-of-day Strauss."

The Ann Arbor News


"Opera!Lenawee comes of age with 'Tosca'"

"Soprano Katherine Larson portrays the title character to perfection. She does an excellent job of capturing the sheer emotion on which the success of her characterization hinges, and her vocal skills are immense, both in bearing and in voice, she is everything you could hope for in a Floria Tosca and much more. The stage is hers, and she turns in a stunning performance that is by turns light, gloriously regal, and wrenchingly emotional. Her 'Vissi d'arte' Friday night was nothing short of perfection."

The Daily Telegram, Adrian, Michigan


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