Barbara is thrilled to announce that she will be joining the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer in the 2014/15 season. She has been engaged to sing the roles of Hermia in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
The international tour will take place in Budapest, Abu-Dhabi, Bonn, Brugge, West Palm Beach, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New York.
Critical acclaim for the world premiere of the newest addition to Jan van de Putte's Pessoa cyclus Asko Schönberg Ensemble with conductor Reinbert de Leeuw
“Praise for the Israeli soprano Keren Motseri and the Slovenian mezzo Barbara Kozelj whose entwined voices roused each other to reach stratospheric heights” Biëlla Luttmer, Volkskrant (5 out of 5 stars)
“The piece is the triumph of lyricism. In the first movement the two voices of soprano Keren Motseri and Barbara Kozelj (fantastic singers) circled as lovers around each other, freely, in an imaginative and melodic, really beautiful counterpoint. Motseri and Kozelj deserve an extra bouquet of flowers for their masterful performance (although they did not get them)." Erik Voermans, Het Parool (4 stars)
Successful role debuts as Donna Elvira and Néris
In 2013 Barbara sang two role debuts: Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Néris in Cherubini's Médée.
Barbara was praised for her role
as a "tempermental" Elvira, "excelling with a refined sound".
In the Volkskrant review of Médée Barbara "made a strong impression" as Néris.
A complete list of reviews are on the press page;
strikingly beautiful images are featured on the photos page.
REPRISE:Help Heksen HeXen
After a successful run of performances last March, the good witch Rabarbarara will make another appearance in Amsterdam. The Help Heksen HeXen! (Help Witches Bewitch!) production can be seen on February 23rd in Amsterdam in Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.
"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
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