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In Review: Anderson and Habersham impress in Berkshire Opera Festival "Falstaff"

"Mezzo Alissa Anderson, in the scene-stealing role of Mistress Quickly, did just that, her chest voice offering a passive-aggressive "Reverenza!" to Falstaff that he fell for completely. She was also capable of lightening her tone for ensembles. Her Mrs Lovett must also be a delight and she is slated to sing her first Erda soon. . . Lyric soprano Jasmine Habersham has a stunning, glowing sound and she looked right as Nannetta"

"Alissa Anderson is a wonderfully funny Mrs. Quickly, the messenger who convinces Falstaff to tumble right into Alice Ford’s trap. . . Other standouts in the cast include Jasmine Habersham, who plays Nannetta, the daughter of Alice Ford and her jealous husband."

"Alissa Anderson’s Dame Quickly was a rather staid affair, devoid of the broad comic touches which mezzo-sopranos generally indulge in. Her voice had the richness and depth for the role. . . As Nannetta, Jasmine Habersham sparkled both visually and vocally. Over and over again, the promising young soprano floated beautiful high notes effortlessly. Habersham too can command the stage, as she proved in the final scene when summoning the fairies, goblins and witches to torment Falstaff." - Seen and Heard International


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