The most impressive of the cast is soprano Liv Redpath as the feisty Zerbinetta. At only 26 years old, Redpath is a powerhouse. Her soprano penetrates the air and pierces the ear, reminiscent of a young Beverly Sills. She exudes all of the carefree, nymph-like attitude of the character, and is particularly coquettish in her grand aria, which received the biggest ovation of the night. It was a privilege to see Redpath at such an early stage in her career, for she will surely be a recognizable name in a few years.
Liv Redpath was a sparkling Zerbinetta
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Liv Redpath is a Zerbinetta less ditzy than usual, more sympathetically grounded, with lower-range warmth as well as all the stratospheric glitter you could want for the ‘Größmächtige Prinzessin’ aria.
Liv Redpath’s Zerbinetta stole the show with her intricately varied ‘Großmächtige Prinzessin’.
The 45-minute first act firmly establishes the stars of this production: Majeski’s Composer and Redpath’s Zerbinetta. Not only are they charismatic on their own, but they find their way to each other for a romance that practically throws off visible sparks. The fantastic performances from both women could not be more different, but come together with chemistry so exhilarating, I doubt Strauss could ever have imagined its effect on audiences an ocean and a century away…And now for the timeless humanity: Zerbinetta, in a flawless and acrobatic rondo, essentially tells the slumped figure in the egg to get over herself. Praise be to Zerbinetta (and, in turn, Redpath)! She emerges as the true heroine of this story.
SANTA FE REPORTER
Former Apprentice Liv Redpath, making her Santa Fe Opera debut as coquettish Zerbinetta, was enchanting. She completely immersed herself in the role. Her tour de force aria in Ariadne’s cave was stunning, pure, silvery perfection.
Mary Helen Klare
THE LOS ALAMOS MONITOR
Redpath was a revelation: she had the most interesting part, after all — as the leader of the burlesque troupe, she comments snidely on all the action. And that voice — facile, very high, light, and colorful — made her the linchpin of the performance.
Classical Voice North America
Soprano Liv Redpath makes her official house debut with a winning portrayal of Zerbinetta, the lead comedienne. Rather than play her as merely a flirtatious coquette, as one sometimes sees, she rendered the character as naturally chipper, charming, and optimistic. She had the role firmly in hand, tossing off the trills and high E’s in her famous aria ‘Größmächtige Prinzessin’ as if the part was not all that difficult. (Oh, but it is.)
James M. Keller
SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN