Interview with Jessica Pratt

Paloma Sanz - Brio Classica
27 June 2017
Dicen de ella que es la sucesora natural de Joan Sutherland. No en bano, la soprano australiana está considerada como una de las mejores intérpretes internacionales en su cuerda. Llega ahora a España, al Palau les Arts Reian Sofía de Valencia donde debuta, y lo hace con el papel de Amenaide, de la ópera Tancredi de Rossini. Una gran oportunidad para escuchar las habilidades canoras de esta gran intérprete.

The voice, what an unreplaceble value

Rosa Solà - Valencia Plaza
26 June 2017
...[Jessica Pratt] soon took the reins, and challenged with drama and credibility the dreadful demands that Rossini poses. Agilities overcome without problems, same for the legati. Together with Barcellona they navigated through the most agitated parts as the most poetic ones. In short: the public enjoyed two accomplished artists who unite an impeccable technique to the deep knowledge of the Rossinian language.

"TANCREDI" (Gioachino Rossini) - Palau de les Arts - 06/23/17

Atticus's Blog
26 June 2017
...yesterday even more so, the exhibition of Belcanto in it's purest form, offered by Jessica Pratt, was sublime. It was the first time that the soprano rose to the main stage of "Les Artes" to sing an opera, after the brief appearance in the infamous auditorium in 2015 in Mozart's Davidde Penitente, from which we had good impressions, but nothing compared to the master lesson of last night. Jessica Pratt dazzled us with a spectacular vocal brilliance, an uncontested dominance of the upper range and an exquisite and polished vocal line, producing delicate and ethereal sounds without loosing body or presence. A refined singing, adorned with elegant control (sensational, for example, the pianissimi in Giusto Dio che umile adoro); an uncontaminated coloratura in which every note is placed with perfect refinement; every mordente; every trill; every picchiettato; every detail of the score was perfectly heard, transformed in those celestial sounds that the Australian soprano offered us yesterday.

Daniela Barcellona and Jessica Pratt, an almost perfect pair for "Tancredi"

Joan Castelló - el Periodico - EFE
26 June 2017
The excellent performance of both the mezzo Barcellona and soprano Pratt add to the brave and passioned musical direction of Roberto Abbado... No less the British soprano Jessica Pratt with a captivating voice and a prodigious agility, has played an Amenaide that fights against adversities... Pratt clearly obtained the favor of the public with the virtuosity with which she sang arias and cavatinas such as "No, che il morir non è", in addition to beautiful duets with Daniela Barcellona. The two protagonists fought the brass with courage, since their respective scores are of a great vocal exigency. They offered evocative moments in which, above all, they emphasized the beauty of their voices.

Tancredi, a first-time Rossini at the Palau

Arturo Reverter - El Cultural
26 June 2017
Amenaide is the fresh and young Jessica Pratt, with silvery voice, and easy coloratura.

Les Arts' Tancredi overcomes accidents and scenes

Sixto Ferrero - Diari La Veu
26 June 2017
Soprano Jessica Pratt had already given us a small taste of her capabilities, two years ago, in a brief appearance for Mozart's Davidde Penitente. Friday she assumed the role of Amenaide and did it with an homogeneous timbre over the whole vocal register and with a projected vocal position. The English soprano received one of the loudest ovations before the curtain call and maintained the quality throughout the opera, refining arias of extreme difficulty with emphasis and elegance. Should we make a ranking, now that the season is ending, Pratt is without any doubt, the great triumpher.

Rossini triumphant: Daniela Barcellona heads a stylish and emotional Tancredi in Valencia

Laura Servidei - Backtrack
26 June 2017
Amenaide, sung by Jessica Pratt, is a more ethereal creature, overwhelmed by events. She is unable to navigate through them, to the point that, somehow, she fails to explain herself to Tancredi and convince him she didn't betray him. Pratt's voice was in excellent form, and it had exactly the right features for Amenaide: a somewhat cold brightness and purity, strong and powerful high notes, with precision and agility in the coloratura, which turned almost Queen of the Night-ish. All this contributed to a convincing, three-dimensional character, whose innocence shone like a diamond against everybody's accusations and doubts. Her high notes were truly spectacular, and her interpretation moving and emotional. Her Act 2 aria and cabaletta were a true journey into Amenaide's soul, where Pratt led us through pain and desperation to hope and joy.

Klangvokal-Festival with a Rossini opera - Explosive opening

Julia Gaß - Dorstener Zeitung
30 May 2017
Soprano Jessica Pratt shined wonderfully over the strong orchestral tones ...a perfect coloratura and belcanto singer for the role of the countess.

Triumph of Belcanto

Thomas Molke - O.M.M.
30 May 2017
This is followed by the Countess's performance, which is given by Jessica Pratt with radiant heights and light flowing coloratura. Her aria "En proie à la tristesse", in which she bemoans her melancholy [...], served through Pratt's cleanly raised heights represents another musical highlight...

Belcanto Fireworks: The "Klangvokal" Dortmund festival opens with Gioacchino Rossini's "Le Comte Ory"

Anke Demirsoy - Revier Passagen
30 May 2017
As a true queen of belcanto, Jessica Pratt triumphs at his side, well known for her interpretation of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Her soprano voice is extremely flexible, light and beaming, but also powerful up to the high extremes, always well shaped and noble. As in a blind flight this wonderful singer rides through all the insidious bends of the virtuous ornamental singing. Her staccati, just slightly marked are something to kneel for. Light as a feather and unfailingly precise. Rossini’s mastery has found in her the ultimate performer.

A rightful festival opening

30 May 2017
Thew real surprise star of the evening was Jessica Pratt in the role of the courted countess Adèle. The Australian, between the Met, Paris and Covent Garden, is exiting: flawless and secure even in the notes just marked with clean high notes and super fast coloratura.

Rossini always works !!! Klangvokal Musikfestival Dortmund starts the season with fulminant opera evening.

Das Opernmagazine
30 May 2017
The Australian soprano Jessica Pratt, as Adèle de Formoutiers, made an almost sensational debut. The world-famous singer (among other things, she sings Lucia di Lammermoor in the coming season 2017/18 in New York and in Paris) spoiled the audience with her voice, her coloratura, the precise top notes and the wonderful singing power.

Bellini's "I Puritani" in fresh form at the Arts Palace in Budapest

Pierre Waline - JFB
20 May 2017
...the soprano Jessica Pratt was absolutely admirable in the role of Elvira, in which, it is true, she has much experience. Elvira is a particularly challenging and demanding role that she managed brilliantly. Notably in acute stances without any aggressiveness, quite the contrary, all sung with nuances and apparently with ease.

The high notes

10 October 2016
Operatic soprano Jessica Pratt and SOI resident conductor Piotr Borkowski, who will perform this evening, have both been influenced by their fathers and share a love for jazz
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Valentina Bonelli
12 February 2013
Regina del belcanto, l'australiana Jessica Pratt ha stregato i fans italiani con le sue appassionate eroine della lirica. Cui presta la propria voluttuosa bellezza anglosassone.


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Title Composer Language Productions Shows Debut
Title Composer Language Productions Shows Debut
Adelaide di Borgogna Gioacchino Rossini Italian 1 5
Armida Gioacchino Rossini Italian 1 7
Aureliano in Palmira Gioacchino Rossini Italian 1 4
Candide Leonard Bernstein English 1 4
Ciro in Babilonia Gioacchino Rossini Italian 2 6
Demetrio e Polibio Gioacchino Rossini Italian 1 4
Die Zauberflöte W. A. Mozart German 2 10
Don Giovanni W. A. Mozart Italian 3 8
Don Pasquale Gaetano Donizetti Italian
Giovanna d'Arco Giuseppe Verdi Italian 1 2
Giulio Cesare in Egitto Friedrich Händel Italian 1 5
Guillaume Tell Gioacchino Rossini French 1 3
I Capuleti e i Montecchi Vincenzo Bellini Italian 2 6
I Puritani Vincenzo Bellini Italian 11 25
Il Barbiere di Siviglia Gioacchino Rossini Italian 1 3
Il Signor Bruschino Gioacchino Rossini Italian 1 3
L'Africaine Giacomo Mayerbeer French 1 4
L'elisir d'amore Gaetano Donizetti Italian
La bohème Giacomo Puccini Italian 1 3
La fille du régiment Gaetano Donizetti French 1 3
La Juive Fromental Halévy French 1 3
La Sonnambula Vincenzo Bellini Italian 9 26
La Sposa di Messina Nicola Vaccaj Italian 1 1
La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi Italian 2 7
Le Comte d'Ory Gioacchino Rossini French 1 1
Le convenienze e inconvenienze teatrali Gaetano Donizetti Italian 2 7
Linda di Chamounix Gaetano Donizetti Italian 1 6
Lucia di Lammermoor Gaetano Donizetti Italian 25 77
Messa di Gloria Gioacchino Rossini Latin 1 2
Otello Gioacchino Rossini Italian 2 5
Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi Italian 6 21
Roméo et Juliette Charles Gounod French 1 3
Rosmonda d'Inghilterra Gaetano Donizetti Italian 2 6
Semiramide Gioacchino Rossini Italian 3 9
Sinfonia Gaetano Donizetti Italian 1 1
Tancredi Gioacchino Rossini Italian 2 8

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