February 29, 2016
Alum's performance at Wigmore Hall deemed "sensational"
CIM alum and mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts (MM ’08, Southern/ Schiller) has had five role debuts in the 2015-16 season, including her first in Europe. Since graduating, she’s appeared with The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, New Orleans Opera, Palm Beach Opera and Atlanta Opera. This past Thursday, her recital with the tenor Bryan Hymel in London’s Wigmore Hall was met with great acclaim.
The reviewer from Bachtrack.com said he was “very impressed with Irene Roberts’ singing. Beginning with four of the Wesendonck Lieder, Roberts delivered a sensational performance, displaying an easy high register and an ease and familiarity with the poems that translated into a nuanced and pathos-laden account. To bring a significance to every word is easier said than sung. There is a curious quality about her voice that creates a deep intimacy between performer and audience; one is removed from the concert hall and into quasi-Isolde's bedroom, or Juliet’s chamber, becoming a fly on the wall in Roberts’ joy or torment. It was quite sensational.”
During her time at CIM Roberts studied with both Mary Schiller and Dean Southern. Learn more about CIM’s voice department.
To read the full review click here. Bravo, Irene!