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Soprano Layla Claire has “arresting stage presence” & “eloquent agility” in Salzburg Festival debut

More reviews have come in for Salzburg Festival’s Don Giovanni. Here are some quotes that highlight Layla’s Donna Elvira:

Canadian soprano Layla Claire as Donna Elvira displayed an arresting stage presence coupled with a solid vocal technique. There was real fury in the B flats in “Ah, chi mi dice mai” and smoothly executed roulades in “Mi tradì”. The proceeding accompanied recitative was particularly moving.”
-BachTrack, full review here.

Layla Claire’s Donna Elvira – intense and unflinching in pursuit – has a weakness for the bottle, and eventually seeks solace through taking her vows. The Canadian soprano can boast a well-schooled instrument showing eloquent agility and an upper range which blossoms nicely above the stave. Her “Mi tradi quell’alma ingrata” was one of the evening’s highlights.”
-The Opera Critic, full review here.

*photo © Salzburger Festspiele / Ruth Walz Salzburg: Don Giovanni 2016 • Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Layla Claire (Donna Elvira)