Reviews of Roméo et Juliette – BBC Prom’s & Festival Berlioz

Roméo et Juliette – Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Festival Berlioz, 2016

« La prononciation française est exemplaire, à l’aune de celle d’un trio de solistes judicieusement élus : Julie Boulianne énonce la mélancolie prégnante des premières amours avec le velouté sobre d’une voix sans effets. » Jean-Luc Clairet, Resmusica

BBC Prom’s, 2016

« Mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne brought star-quality to her Act 1 narration with the semi-chorus: her rich voice had real presence and weight in the Hall, even in the most intimate and understated melodic gestures, and the long vocal lines unwound compellingly. » Claire Seymour, Opera Today

« The way French-Canadian mezzo Julie Boulianne set the scene for Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet in a long and hugely demanding solo was even more remarkable: I have never heard a more ravishing vocal command of the Albert Hall’s problematic acoustic. » Michael Church, The Independant

« The three French-speaking soloists — Julie Boulianne, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt and Laurent Naouri — had the style at their fingertips. » Richard Fairman, The Financial Times

« Boulianne and Fouchécourt were nigh-on perfect in their all-too-short solos but were involved in all the semi-chorus’s contributions. » Nick Breckenfield, Classical Source

« And better still last night was Julie Boulianne, knocking spots off any of the voices on display in Glyndebourne’s underwhelming current production of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict. » David Nice, The arts desk

 

Photo credits – © Chris Christodoulou – BBC Prom’s


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