” … David McVicar’s 2008 Covent Garden staging of Strauss’s Salome provides a splendid showcase for Nadja Michael’s assumption of the title role. Sopranos with the vocal goods, looks and acting know-how to lend even scant, onstage credibility to Strauss’s iron-lunged teen nymphet are not exactly thick on the ground, but Michael possesses all three to a rare degree. If the voice – bright and lustrous on top, full-bodied in the middle and darkly commanding lower down – betrays some edge and sags a little in pitch on the highest notes, hers is nevertheless a far more alluring and better-balanced instrument than you’ll hear from other singers in the part. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that she’s physically lithe and agile, or that her striking good looks read as youthful on camera. She’s an intense and text-specific actor, and her large, expressive eyes reveal Salome’s tangle of psychosexual motives in telling detail… “
Joe Banno,, 04.10.2010

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