Reviews

 

AN IDEAL HUSBAND (Oscar Wilde): Lady Gertrude Chiltern
Sierra Madre Playhouse, directed by Gigi Bermingham

“a note-perfect Gaby Santinelli.”
Sandro Moretti, Actors Entertainment, Feb 2, 2014

“Lady Chiltern’s unquestioning faith in her husband is sorely tested when Mrs Cheveley shows up. Ann Noble has never been more glamourous, in finely-tuned contrast to Gaby Santinelli’s deeply felt moral rectitude as the idealistic Lady Chiltern, the onetime Northwestern University classmates reunited to electric effect on the Sierra Madre Playhouse stage.”
Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA, Jan 18, 2014

“It has also brought a wife he loves dearly (Gaby Santinelli), whose love for him, though profound, is based heavily upon her understanding of him as the model man and ideal husband…..Santinelli makes a warm and motherly wife to him, and it is fun to watch her move past her edges towards a more natural affection.”
Frances Baum Nicholson, stagestruckreview.com, Jan 27, 2014

“Lady Chiltern (Gaby Santinelli) is morally inflexible, expecting nothing but perfection from her husband, that is, until she herself becomes a potential victim of questionable appearances…”
~ Dena Burroughs, examiner.com, Jan 22, 2014

THE EXONERATED: Sandra / Sue
Off West End – The Charing Cross Theatre

“Delivered with flawless talking-head naturalism, the six stories are both poignant and powerful.”
~ TimeOut, 21st March 2011

“I couldn’t believe how talented this cast were.  It is hard to pick out stand-out performers….Gabriella Santinelli’s interactions as the significant others of two of the men were very well performed.”
~ Soliloquy’s Blog, 1st April 2011

 

THE LAST PILGRIM: Nancy Buckman
By Roy Smiles, directed by Tim Stark
Best New Play nomination, The Offie Awards, 2011

“The experience of the cast is evident throughout the production. The performances are immaculate.”
~ Leanne O’Loughlin, The Fringe Report, 29th September 2010

“The acting in this production is stellar….Nancy (Gabriella Santinelli) presents a tense outer shell punctuated by what seem to be silent prayers when in thought. Her back-story reveals anguish and a different kind of loss, which she tries to dissolve with her martinis.”
~ Victoria Claringbold, Theatre Review London, 28th September 2010

“It’s terrifically acted….Gabriella Santinelli’s Nancy brings a touch of restraint.”
~ Timothy Ramsden, Reviews Gate, 7th October 2010

 

COMPANY: Jenny
Derby Playhouse

“Among the many moments to cherish here are Gabriella Santinelli discovering the novelty of being stoned.”
~Jeremy Kingston, The Times

 

JERRY SPRINGER – THE OPERA: Amber Hooper/Chorus
*OLIVIER AWARD  ~  Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical
National Theatre & Cambridge Theatre/West End, London

“It is not easy: you need real singers, even – or rather especially – in the Chorus.  The choral singing is amazingly disciplined, and I don’t believe any commercial management could have afforded the rehearsal time needed for the musical preparation alone.”
~Rodney Milnes, Opera

“…but here you follow even Chorus members with a rare kind of fascination.”
~Alastair Macaulay, Financial Times

 

THE GHOSTS OF RUDDIGORE: Rose Maybud
Opera Della Luna, Bridewell Theatre, London

“Gabriella Santinelli’s soaring soprano makes her a particularly winning, etiquette-bound ROSE MAYBUD.”
~ Lucy Powell, Time Out London

“…the singing is of a high standard….Gabriella Santinelli as the virginal ROSE MAYBUD similarly fares well with Had I the Love of Such As He.”
~ Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

 

IOLANTHE: Phyllis
Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, Buxton

“But perhaps the crowning virtue of a production leaning nicely on a host of theatrical traditions…is its two real romantic leads….Gabriella Santinelli is a sparky PHYLLIS.”
~Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News

 

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE: Mabel
Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, Buxton

“It was good to see and hear Gabriella Santinelli…as a sparky, coloratura-revelling MABEL.”
~Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News

 

IOLANTHE: Celia
D’Oyly Carte Opera Company/Raymond Gubbay, Savoy Theatre, London

“…and Gabriella Santinelli led as feisty a bunch of Fairies as you would fear to meet.  I loved every minute of it.”
~Rodney Milnes, The Times

 

SASS, SOUL & SEQUINS
Cabaret at the Bullion Room, Hackney Empire Theatre, London

“Gabriella Santinelli impressed with a stunning operatic soprano that recalled Kathryn Grayson and not just because she treated us to a rarely performed song that Grayson originated in the 1949 movie calledThe Kissing Bandit.”
~Mark Shenton, Stage & Television Today & The Stage

 

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Carlotta Giudicelli
UK National Company (Southampton, Bradford, Manchester)

“As prima donna CARLOTTA GIUDICELLI, Gabriella Santinelli is a loathsome, haughty show-off with a shriekingly fantastic vocal range.”
~Karen Joyner, Yorkshire Evening Post

 

THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO: Blondchen
British Youth Opera, Linbury Studio Theatre, Covent Garden

“The comics were excellent. Gabriella Santinelli sang BLONDE in full voice, and made a delightfully governessy, bossy figure of her.”
~Rodney Milnes, Opera

“Gabriella Santinelli’s BLONDE was equally spirited, not to say bossy – she could easily have taken over the administration of the harem, and probably of the entire Ottoman Empire.”
~Rodney Milnes, The Times

“Gabriella Santinelli’s comic turn as the maid BLONDE was a big hit with the audience; she has a nicely focused soprano, too.”
~Erica Jeal, The Guardian

 

THE MAGIC FLUTE: Papagena
Travelling Opera, Longborough

“He had a delightful PAPAGENA in Gabriella Santinelli.”
~Michael Kennedy, Sunday Telegraph

 

DIE FLEDERMAUS: Adele
Duchy Opera, The Hall for Cornwall, Truro

“ADELE appears at the start of the operetta and what a send-off it got from Gabriella Santinelli.  Her OTT performance immediately set the tone for the rest of the evening – it was going to be fun! –  and infected the whole cast.”
~ The West Briton, Cornwall


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