The reviews are coming in for San Diego Opera's Great Scott (Jake Heggie). Here are quotes highlighting Joyce's performance as Tatyana Bakst: The show’s scene-stealer is Joyce El-Khoury as the calculating soprano Tatyana Bakst. Her over-the-top coloratura rendition of “The
El-Khoury takes great risks in employing a wide range of vocal colours, from wine dark chest notes to the most feathery of pianissimos. The attack on the coloratura in “Sempre libera” was aggressive and hedonistic, her cry of “È tardi!” when she reads Germont’s letter in Act 3 full of anger. Here was a Violetta who refused to “go gentle into that good night” without a struggle.
The reviews are coming in for San Diego Opera's Great Scott production. Here's what San Diego Story had to say about Joyce: In any other opera, soprano Joyce El-Khoury’s brash, scene-stealing, verging on obnoxious characterization of the up-and-coming, opportunistic young singer