Singing Reviews

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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