“Most to be praised was mezzo Barbara Kozelj whose expressive rounded voice filled the hall, particularly so in “Buss und Reu.”
Seen and Heard International, March 31, 2013
“Barbara Kozelj was an affecting mezzo, opening the second half with an unusually cutting cry of “Ach!” Bachtrack.com
“The vocal highlights of the evening, however, belonged to soprano Dominique Labelle and alto Barbara Kozelj, who imbued their respective arias and duets with crystal-clear diction, sophisticated phrasing, and a solemn stage presence. In Part One’s early aria, “Buß und Reu,” Kozelj presented a pious woman filled with reverence after washing the head of Jesus, despite being mocked by the disciples for her extravagant use of expensive oil. Pleading that her “teardrops be an acceptable anointing to you, faithful Jesus,” Kozelj’s rich lower register complemented the falling staccato flute motion of Orchestra I’s Elizabeth Mann and Sheryl Henze.”
“Barbara Kozelj and Silvie Jensen have splendid voices, the former deep and dark in ‘Buß und Reu’ and enchanting in ‘Erbarme dich, mein Gott’…”
Classicalsource.com, Lewis M. Smoley
A WORLD PREMIERE AND CARNEGIE HALL
Barbara has just finished a very inspiring opera production Help Witches Bewitch!, singing the role of good witch Rabarbarara in a beautiful newly written opera by a Dutch composer Max Knigge, performed in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Jonathan Waleson.
Now the countdown starts until her debut in New York's Carnegie Hall in just a couple of weeks!
INTERVIEW with Lex Bohlmeijer
Lex Bohlmeijer interviews Barbara about her past, her daughter,
her journey and how she came to live in Holland.
Barbara will be filling in for Charlotte Margiono on November 3rd with Het Brabants Orkest. On the concert program will be Duruflé's Requiem.
Ed Spanjaard will be conducting this concert, which takes place in the St. Janskathedraal, Den Bosch.
DEBUT: CARNEGIE HALL
After Barbara’s impressive debut last season with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conductor Iván Fischer invited her to sing her DEBUT in CARNEGIE HALL in New York next spring, as the alto soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of St Luke’s.
NEW CD RECORDING
This autumn Barbara will be recording a new CD with the Ebony Band (ensemble comprised exclusively of members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) featuring songs of Burian and Ulmann.
EDISON OPERA AWARD 2012
The NTR ZaterdagMatinee's live concert registration of Wagner’s Parsifal, conducted by Jaap van Zweden, was awarded the Edison Opera Award 2012. Barbara was one of the Blumenmädchen on this recording.
The Edison Award is given annually in The Netherlands and is one of the highest achievements in classical music, akin to the Grammy® Awards and other top honors.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Mahler tour throughout the Netherlands (October - December 2011) with the Netherlands Dance Theater / Holland Symfonia
"In 'Songs of a Wayfarer' Barbara Kozelj revealed the art of singing that spoke straight to the heart. With lithe lines and clear articulation.” Telegraaf, 29 November 2011
"With wonderfully restrained grief and dramatic outbursts of despair, Kozelj colours Mahler’s rich palette in phenomenally. " Haarlems Dagblad, 28 November 2011
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Joachim Raff Die Nonne
from: Sanges-Frühling, op. 98
Jan Schultz, piano
recorded in 2012; CD release fall 2012
St. Matthew Passion J.S. Bach
Erbarm es Gott! Hier steht der Heiland angebunden (recitativo)
Können Tränen meiner Wangen nichts erlangen (aria)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor
recorded live in concert, March 2012