impeccable cast....the only one to really master
her text from beginning to end was the impressive
American mezzo Eugenie Grunewald, whose rich
timbre and strength of conviction were a marvel
in the character of the Mother."
"Eugenie Grunewald (as the Mother) stands out as the most astonishing
singer from the cast, not only because of her impeccable
diction in English that makes each word she sings absolutely crystal clear..........But,
above all the (commanding) inwardness and intensity
with which the singer invests her interpretation does full justice to
the character's psychological depth."
Michel Parouty, Les Echos, May 18, 2006
"The jealous guardian Mother sung by the magnificent Mezzo Soprano Eugenie Grunewald personified the last line 'Come - you're free now'........."
- Patrick De Maria, La Marseillaise,
May 14, 2006
Grunewald brought out in the Mother the depth
and grandeur of the character. This Mezzo Soprano
possesses so much in terms of voice and soul."
- Ed Mee Santy, France
Bleu Provence, May 19,2006
beautiful performance from Eugenie Grunewald......."
- Jean-Luc Macia, La Croix,
May 16, 2006
made a fearsome mother, her pungent mezzo biting
into the text with animal relish."
- Opera News
"Dontao is blind:
he and Maria fall in love, and he is tormented
by fits of jealousy, but marital and filial obligations
ultimately take precedence, with the formidable
presence of Donato's mother as a strong counterweight. Eugenie
Grunewald's Mother caught the despair beneath
the authoritative front.............."