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West Australian Opera - Leonora, Il Trovatore

Mark Coughlan, The Australian

American soprano Jennifer Rowley, making her Australian debut, is outstanding as Leonora. She has a beautifully lyrical voice, creamy and silken across the entire range with a rich coloratura and strong low register.”

– Mark Coughlan, The Australian, November 3, 2014

“American soprano Jennifer Rowley sang Leonora’s impossibly long phrases with unhurried beauty, revealing a glorious top end as she evolved from sensual girl to grimly resolute lover.”

– Rosalind Appleby, The West Australian, October 31, 2014

“Making both her Australian and role debut as Leonora, soprano Jennifer Rowley is large in voice and expressive in range, displaying natural vibrancy and controlled phrasing. Opening with pensive yearning in “Tacea la notte placida”, then frolicking with mature, seductive playfulness as she undresses to “Di tale amor”, Rowley’s Leonora continues to feed every aspect of the drama with heartfelt conviction. Culminating in her duet with di Luna in “Mira, d’acerbe lagrime”, Rowley’s performance tantalises with gravelly low notes, a broad middle range and feathery light highs. First freezing the performance with theatrical might to pause and weep, Rowley later erupts in a display of ecstatic coloratura as she secretly takes an overdose of pills, giving herself to di Luna in exchange for Manrico’s freedom.”

– Paul Selar, Bachtrack, November 3, 2014

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