Rave reviews for Joyce El-Khoury’s Micaëla in Santa Fe

Joyce has been getting fantastic reviews for her Micaëla in Santa Fe Opera’s Carmen! Here are some quotes:

“Joyce El-Khoury, makes the strongest impression as Micaëla, José’s pure-hearted old flame. Too often a make-weight nonentity, this Micaëla compels our sympathy with her unaffected, floating soprano. El-Khoury possesses the rare gift of art that conceals art, making music seem to flow generously from the heart. And she has an understated messa di voce to die for.”
-Santa Fe Reporter, (full review)

“Joyce El-Khoury was a brilliant Micaëla, impressive throughout her range, projecting both the vulnerability and grit of her character.” – Opera Warhorses (full review)

“The most generally satisfying of the principals was soprano Joyce El-Khoury, as the country girl Micaëla. Her acting skills prevented the part from crossing over from earnestness to risibility (which can happen easily), and her pleasant timbre convincingly suggested her rural naiveté.” – The Santa Fe New Mexican (full review)

“Joyce El-Khoury lends her rich soprano to Micaëla, Don Jose’s hometown sweetheart, who, despite her peasant garb, may perhaps be too glamorous for a country girl (though no complaint there). Her act three aria, “Je dis que rien ne m’epouvante,” in which she voices her determination to rescue Don Jose despite all obstacles, is a marvel of impassioned, heartfelt singing.” -Albuquerque Journal News (full review)