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“On this evening a star was surely born!” Opera Magazine

“The most beautiful aria of the evening came from Markella Hatziano, singing Neris's 'Ah, nos peines seront communes.' The purity of her voice, profound grief, and introspective thought it communicated were most affecting” Christian Science Monitor

“The evening’s finest singing came from the Dalila of Markella Hatziano...Hatziano created a long, elegant line with a velvety tone...she unveiled an instrument of considerable size - one that reached big climaxes without a hint of strain, that was filled with feeling and that was compellingly seductive” Baltimore Sun

“A bright-colored but substantial mezzo of attractive quality, the registers well blended...singing which seduced Samson (and us!) with sunny charm, good command of legato and ready use of caressing mezza voce of a sort nowadays seldom heard in this, or any other international house. A real treat!” Opera Magazine

“Markella Hatziano, a statuesque Dido, was magnificent, with a voice of sumptuous richness and steely strength, focused extremely accurately...She looked like the Queen of Carthage as Jacques Louis David might have painted her” The Independent

“In lustrous, forwardly emitted, amply voiced, beautiful tones and with a powerful feeling for phrases and words, she sang with grandeur in the civic scenes, with delicacy in the love scenes, finally with noble anger, passion, and despair” The Observer

“Markella Hatziano combined openhearted expression with a startlingly radiant voice” Montreal Gazette

“This voice is superbly produced in every facet and its sound comes directly from the heart...She caresses her music with such warmth that even though the language might be foreign to the audience, the meaning comes through loud and clear...Through 13 splendid songs by Franz Liszt, she overcame the composer’s penchant for keyboard dominace - a showman-like performance by Steven Larson - to deliver a beautifully rounded collection, highlighting in works such as 'Der du von dem Himmel bist', the gypsy rhythms of 'Die drei Zigeuner', and a powerful conclusion in 'Die Macht der Musik'... Her carefully measured mezzo easily filled the concert hall, even when the intimacy of her performance demanded a mezza vode, while her grandest moments on high were never out of focus or character” The Australian

“Deep and dignified of voice, she makes a Dalila who is regally self-composed, confident of getting Samson’s locks wound round her little finger... the sound is grand, unhurried, rich in color...” Financial Times

“Markella Hatziano is a formidable Dalila, her lustrous mezzo meshing vengeance and desire with a firm line of gleaming tone. 'Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix' had an irresistible sumptuous appeal. She acts with a smouldering economy” The Stage

“The best of the quartet is undoubtedly Hatziano who, in her first major recording, fulfills all the hopes one has for her, singing with firm tone, warm well-schooled style, no mannerisms - her 'Liber scriptus' cannot be faulted” Gramophone

“She cultivated long, languid phrases that were marked by intelligence and taste” New York Times

“Splendid singing, a gleam hidden within the velvet... Hatziano's innate musicianship loomed over anyone the Met has offered in years”

Boston Phoenix

“Amneris was sung flawlessly by the alluring Markella Hatziano...not enough can be said about Hatziano's performance, voluptuous voice, movements, acting” Boston Herald

“Among the soloists, Markella Hatziano stands out for her rich, refulgent singing” The Daily Telegraph

“Authoritative of voice and of dramatic presence” La Repubblica

“Grand interpreter, Markella Hatziano, her realizations perfection, also with the gestures, fulfilled wholly the vision of the figuration of Wilson”

La Repubblica

“Markella Hatziano brought tears to everyone’s eyes” Evening Standard

“The Greek mezzo-soprano Markella Hatziano as Dido had a heartfelt and truly imperious eloquence” The Times

“We gasped at the gleaming voice of Markella Hatziano” The Times

“The storming ovation which overwhelmed her at the end left no doubt that this audience was acclaiming a star of dazzlingly bright magnitude. As imperious and benevolent queen, infatuated lover and tragic heroine, she encompassed every aspect of the role with singing that was thrilling, moving and profoundly musical” The Sunday Telegraph

“Hatziano’s glorious line and flowing projection contrasted still concentration and admirable dynamic control with demanding extremes of vocal resources” The Herald Sun

“It will be some time before I forget Hatziano’s subtle and affectingly gentle singing in music that needs an artist with her exemplary tact, insight and obvious humanity to bring out its innate beauty” The Age

“Pure beauty when she really sings...the high notes came forth round and brilliant, free of too much pressure on the voice...Applause started timidly then turned into a storm” O Globo

“No one has heard a voice of such richness, fullness and beauty of timbre in this role in at least 30 years...the qualities of voice and spirit no one can learn the Creator has lavished on her in abundant plenty” Boston Globe

“The opera belonged to the Judith of the young Greek mezzo Markella Hatziano who brought meaning to every word and caught the restlessness of the character’s searching for her husband’s past. Her tone is lustrous and even throughout its range; she phrases musically” The Times

“The title roles were most engagingly sung...The Greek mezzo’s healthy, firm, youthful tone is exciting in itself...two absolutely spiffing B flats...ideally even in spread...Her stage manner is also healthy...singing so assured and smooth...her forthcoming Amnerises are awaited with impatience” The Times

“She has a formidable chest register and is not afraid to exploit it to the full, arms akimbo like an energetic copper on point-duty. It recalls the extrovert singing of Cossotto and Gorr; nothing wrong with Eboli from Hatziano in Don Carlos could be exciting” The Times

“Purity of line and flawless technique” La Provincia

“Markella Hatziano shines above the rest - the 'Lux Aeterna' is the high point in this whole recording” Hi-Fi News

“Magnificent and generous voice whose timbre is robust, but whose texture is velvety” Ambito Financiero

“Markella Hatziano, a voice that unites in the richness of her registers and her exquisite timbre a maturity and an interpreters knowledge that amazed us” Corriere della Sera

“Markella Hatziano sang breathtakingly” Rheinische Post

“Exquisite timbre, polished musicality and sweetness of emission” Le Monde de la Musique

“The velvety and revolutionary voice of the great Greek mezzo Markella Hatziano” Il Messaggero

“Of the highest class, the Marguerite of Markella Hatziano, who fascinated us with the roundness of emission, the apparent ease of domination over the texture, and most of all with the truth of song that seems to flow incessantly, without pause, and like magic...Markella Hatziano sang breathtakingly”

Il Piccolo

“An artist of undeniable nobility” La Nación

“Markella Hatziano commanded respect for her vocal color, her extension of register, and suppleness in her dynamic shades” Corriere Della Serra

“Markella Hatziano is a magnificent mezzo, with an extensive vocal range, that displays a beautiful homogeneity throughout the tessitura with the low sonorities and the piercing trebles. Moreover, her phrasing is impeccable”

Le Figaro

“The Greek mezzo-soprano Markella Hatziano accomplished a remarkable task in her performances, convincing as much for her vocal gifts as for her precise interpretative work. An artist of undeniable nobility. She obtained a resonant success with 'La mort de Cléopâtre' which offered her an opportunity to display her great vocal abilities and her astounding temperament” La Nación

“Markella Hatziano realized her part irreproachably with an immaculate luxuriant voice” Kleine Zeitung

“Markella Hatziano performed Judith with considerable power of voice” Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Markella Hatziano gave an outstanding performance” Wiener Zeitung

“Hatziano's fiery temperament...” Los Angeles Times

“There was fine singing from the Greek Amneris Markella Hatziano, whose rich, resonant voice did much to fill out her generous performance: certainly, a singer to watch” Opera Now

“Markella Hatziano sings Lady Macbeth with rich mezzo tone and an understatement which is chilling” Classics Today

“Markella Hatziano and René Pape, the evening's mezzo-soprano and bass, were strong presences” New York Times

“Markella Hatziano was again a dream of a Suzuki” Boston Globe

“From Greece, a new Callas?” London Daily Mail











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