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"Gorgeous instrument"

- Opera News

 


Mezzo-Soprano Briana Elyse Hunter brought Jo to vivid life, ably shouldering most of the opera’s musical and dramatic work. Eminently likeable, Hunter created a portrayal of Jo that rang deeply true, from her tomboyish independence through the budding poise of her young adulthood. Hunter’s control of her gorgeous instrument was equally impressive: she moved with authority between speaking and singing, and between her lowest lines and a lavish, stunningly controlled upper register.
— Jennifer Goltz, Opera News
Speaking of power, the lead voice of the production, Briana Elyse Hunter, who plays Jo, doesn’t disappoint....Her impeccable mezzo-soprano vocals were incredibly versatile. From her lower register to her top notes, she filled the auditorium with strong, consistent vibrancy that motivated the audience to give a well-deserved standing ovation at the conclusion of opening night.
— Sam White, The News Herald
“Mezzo-soprano Briana Hunter was a mesmerizing Carmen, contributing a fiery theatrical presence and dynamic vocalism. Hunter consistently displayed impressive fluidity in her flawless Habanera and Seguidilla 
— Opera News
Carmen, of course, is nothing without a strong title character, and Baltimore native Briana Hunter, new to the Music Academy this year, combined her sultry mezzo with keen acting skills to flesh out (so to speak) the seductive “untamed bird” of Seville. One of the greatest arias, “Seguidilla près des remparts de Séville,” was not only sung beautifully but also cheekily choreographed with the brazen gypsy (who’d been tied up after a cat fight) freeing her hands, toying whip-like with the strap, and finally pushing the guard into the captive’s chair at the last note.
— Joseph Miller, Santa Barbara Independent