Rehearsals are in full swing in November for Cherubini's Médée with Opera2day.
This production will be the Dutch premiere of the original French version of the opera. Barbara is greatly looking forward to bringing life to the role of Néris.
The premiere of Médée will be on November 25th in the Koninklijke Schouwburg in Den Haag.
Reviews of Verdi's Requiem Het Gelders Orkest
“The most beautiful, most balanced and expressive contributions were from the Slovenian mezzo Barbara Kozelj, including Lux Aeterna..." Stentor 23.9.2013
“Of the soloists mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj was the best in form. Goosebumps during her Lacrimosa. “ De Gelderlander 23.9.2013
Successful role debut as Donna Elvira
This summer Barbara's role debut as Donna Elvira took place in St. Moritz, followed by performances in Basel.
Barbara was praised for her role
as a "tempermental" Elvira, "excelling with a refined sound".
A complete list of reviews are on the press page;
strikingly beautiful images are featured on the photos page.
"A real discovery are the 'Sechs Lieder' by Victor Ullmann, sung brilliantly and very naturally by mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj. A treasure for the concert hall." Trouw, 21 June 2013, Peter van der Lint
"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.” Feastofmusic.com
“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!
from the new CD release
'Around Prague 1922-1937'
Drei Blumen from Sechs Lieder op. 17 (1937), no 2
Emil Frantisek BURIAN
O dětech / About Children (1924), no 3. - Na děti v trávě se dívám
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra St. Matthew Passion J.S. Bach
Erbarm es Gott! Hier steht der Heiland angebunden ; Können Tränen meiner Wangen nichts erlangen