REVIEWS


Monteverdi Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria

Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr / Barbican Hall, London

“The vocal star of the show was Barbara Kozelj’ s Penelope. This was a noble, dependable portrayal, in which her mellow and controlled singing sounded like a contralto at times, giving natural and soulful expression to the character’ s suffering patience. She is certainly a singer to watch in the future.” – Classical Source, Curtis Rogers

“Barbara Kozelj in the role of Penelope set the bar high with her Act One lament. Her voice freighted with the grief of the passing years, it articulated her numbed sorrow with the subtlest of nuances. A pair of delicately plucked theorboes complemented her plangent declamation to perfection.” – Evening Standard, Barry Millington

“Barbara Kozelj was similarly grounded in her performance, giving us a lovely sense of Penelope’s patience and the sense of being cut off and walled in by her emotions. But also, stretched thin, this was someone who might break. Kozelj had a beautifully calm demeanour, combined with a deep expressivity in the way she sang the Monteverdi.” – Planet Hugill, Robert Hugill

“….I was won over by Kozelj’ s nuanced singing. Lots of floated notes and delicate inflections – a rather internalised grief, very stylish. Pivotal moments, such as Penelope’ s idea –implemented by Minerva – to challenge the suitors to stringing Ulisse’ s bow or her meeting with Ulisse where she is obviously attracted to him but isn’ t sure of his identity yet, came off very clearly. And this time both Penelope and Ulisse looked genuinely happy to meet again.” – Opera, Innit

“Barbara Kozelj as Penelope had a more direct voice, but its clarity was matched by equal levels of sensitivity and feeling, and her final reconciliation with Ulisse was deeply moving.” – Music OMH, Sam Smith

“Barbara Kozelj’ s melancholy Penelope was the still centre of the opera, fending off the importunate suitors. “ – Express.co.uk, Clare Colvin


Bach Matthäus-Passion

Orchestra of St Luke’s / Iván Fischer / Carnegie Hall New York

carnegie_2013“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

“Barbara Kozelj was an affecting mezzo, opening the second half with an unusually cutting cry of “Ach!” – Bachtrack

“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


Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Holland Symfonia / Otto Tausk / Haarlem

“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

“With wonderfully restrained grief and dramatic outbursts of despair, Kozelj colours Mahler’s rich palette in phenomenally.”
– Haarlems Dagblad


Mozart Requiem

BBC Proms / Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer

“Barbara Kozelj shaped her solo and ensemble contributions with chastening elegance and restraint, and her tone had a soulful focus…” – Opera Today, Claire Seymour

“..the tenderly expressive glow of the four soloists …” Five star review in The Telegraph, Ivan Hewett


Bach Matthäus-Passion

Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr / Concertgebouw Amsterdam

“Mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj, whose voice has a beautiful liquid gleam, delivered her aria “Können Tränen meiner Wangen” magnificently, poised and stately, yet suffused with emotional immediacy. “Erbarme dich” was profoundly moving…” – Bachtrack, 5 star review

 

R. Strauss Salomé

Page / De Nederlandse Opera

“Barbara Kozelj surprises with her great voice and beautiful singing”. – Operamagazine, Jordi Kooiman


Barbara Kozelj mezzo-sopranoHändel Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

Galatea / Gabrieli Consort and Players / Paul McCreesh / De Doelen

“The young mezzo Barbara Kozelj magnificently stood her ground amongst these great singers. Kozelj’s beautiful timbre and empathy will bring her far.” – Trouw, Peter van der Lint

“…The Italian Galatea was the musky-voiced Slovenian mezzo Barbara Kozelj” – Hillary Finch, The Times


Mozart Don Giovanni

Donna Elvira / Festival of Opera St. Moritz / Volkshaus Basel / Jan Willem de Vriend

“Eine starke Persönlichkeit ist auch die Donna Elvira von Barbara Kozelj. Überzeugend im Expressiven wie im Lyrischen zeichnet sie das Porträt dieser von Don Giovanni verlassenen Dame.” – Badische Zeitung

“Die anderen Damen verströmen vokalen Liebreiz…Barbara Kozelj als wahrhaft liebende Donna Elvira mit effektvollen Auftritten in ausladendem Reifrock.” – Die Oberbadische Zeitung

“…Barbara Kozelj brillierte mit Zwischentönen und Klangkultur…” – Die Südostschweizzeitung , Reinmar Wagner

“…Barbara Kozelj als temperamentvolle Elvira.” – Der Landbote, Herbert Büttiker


CD reviews: Around Prague 1922-1937

works by Ponc, Ullmann, Burian, Haba, Schimmerling with the Ebony Band
Werner Herbers, Channel Classics CCS 34813

cd_ebonyband-around-prague“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, Peter van der Lint

“Soloist Barbara Kozelj does this atmospheric cycle great service.” – Audiophil Audition, Daniel Coombs

“It is a package full of surprises…the shadowy songs by Victor Ullmann are beautifully sung by Barbara Kozelj.” – 5 star review Volkskrant, Fritz van der Waa


Händel Semele

Juno / Aalto Theater Essen

“Mit Mezzo-Glanz adelt Barbara Kozelj die Juno,… ” – Recklinghäuser Zeitung, Bernd Aulich

“…Durch und durch solide ist die Juno von Barbara Kozelj.” – Music Magazine

“Ein grosses Kino setzt ein, wenn Jupiters Juno ins Spiel komt. Eine gekränkte und vor Wut schäumende Hollywood-Diva in violette Seide gehüllt (hinreißend: Barbara Kozelj. ) – Neue Rhein Zeitung, Michael-Georg Müller

“Barbara Kozelj war die eifersüchtige Ehe-Hüterin, die ihre Vertraute Iris mit wahren Mezzo-Erruption zwischen Erde und Himmel scheuchte und Semele mit betörendem Vitriol ihren fatalen Wunschgedanken einhauchte.” – Der Neue Merker, Dirk Altenaer

 

Händel Semele

Juno / Aalto Theater Essen

“Mit Mezzo-Glanz adelt Barbara Kozelj die Juno,… ” – Recklinghäuser Zeitung, Bernd Aulich

“…Durch und durch solide ist die Juno von Barbara Kozelj.” – Music Magazine

“Ein grosses Kino setzt ein, wenn Jupiters Juno ins Spiel komt. Eine gekränkte und vor Wut schäumende Hollywood-Diva in violette Seide gehüllt (hinreißend: Barbara Kozelj. ) – Neue Rhein Zeitung, Michael-Georg Müller

“Barbara Kozelj war die eifersüchtige Ehe-Hüterin, die ihre Vertraute Iris mit wahren Mezzo-Erruption zwischen Erde und Himmel scheuchte und Semele mit betörendem Vitriol ihren fatalen Wunschgedanken einhauchte.” – Der Neue Merker, Dirk Altenaer