23 Dec Reviews: Joyce El-Khoury’s Musetta (Dutch National Opera)
“The role of Musetta, secretly already the most beautiful in the whole opera; it is unfortunate that they sing so little, but Joyce El-Khoury takes it the extra mile, buzzing like a glass of champagne stimulating all the senses from the first second that she takes to the stage. And you know that – like champagne, like the cherry bonbons – Musetta is actually bad for you, but once again offer resistance.
In the case of El-Khoury: impossible.”
“The performance overall is dominated by the excellent Marcello of Massimo Cavalletti and his fiery lover Musetta, sung by Joyce El-Khoury. As the young painter, Mr Cavalletti combines towering stage presence and great acting skills with a powerful and utterly seductive baritone. Ms El-Khoury’s glamorous looks and assured singing as Musetta enters Café Momus (“Quando men vo”) confirms the Lebanese-Canadian soprano’s reputation as a star in the making.”
“Well performed by Joyce El-Khoury, sings to the attention she gets from her admirers”
“Joyce El-Khoury is a bold Musetta. She sings her role with a firm voice and style that blends perfectly with the great vocals of Cavalletti. The two have real chemistry, vocal and theatrical.”
–translation, Place de l’Opéra