Faramondo, London Handel Festival 2017

"The evening’s star performance came from the Swedish mezzo Ida Ränzlöv as Faramondo, her magnetic stage presence and consistently accomplished vocalism making her completely convincing." Opera Magazine

"Faramondo is sung with power and brilliance by Swedish mezzo Ida Ränzlöv, who could hold her on the professional stage already." - Rick Jones, The Critics' Circle

"She is the Swedish mezzo Ida Ränzlöv in the title role — tall, powerful, rich-toned, a star in the making." - Richard Morrison, The Times

"It’s consistently well sung, though Ida Ränzlöv’s Faramondo and Harriet Eyley as his sister Clotilde are particularly outstanding. Ränzlöv blazes through her arias with thrilling conviction;" - Tim Ashley, The Guardian

 "A magnetic stage performer, Swedish mezzo Ida Ranzlov makes an outstandingly assured Faramondo." - George Hall, The Stage

"In the title role, however, mezzo soprano Ida Ränzlöv was in a class of her own from the start. There is a real richness to Ränzlöv’s sound and a vividness of tone; she demonstrated a natural feeling for the Handelian phrase, delivering the coloratura with effortless seamlessness and crafting a fine cantabile. Ränzlöv also demonstrated dramatic range and - in this opera, no mean feat - credibility, conveying both Faramondo’s vicious streak and an underlying tenderness." - Claire Seymourwww.operatoday.com

 "Mezzo-soprano Ida Ränzlöv both looked and sounded the part, creating a convincing persona as a young rocker; it helps that Ränzlöv is tall, and on this showing roles like Handel's Ariodante surely beckon. She also showed a nice combination of personality and skill in Handel's complex vocal writing. None of the arias in Faramondo is quite knock-out Handel, but plenty are first rate and Ida Ränzlöv clearly relished them, whilst keeping a sense of character too."   - Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill


Faramondo (Ida Ränzlöv) & Rosimonda (Beth Moxon) Backstage Photo

Faramondo (Ida Ränzlöv) & Rosimonda (Beth Moxon) Backstage Photo

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