Soprano Soloist, Verdi Requiem

by Beth Stewart

Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra, 2018

Soprano Corinne Winters was spell-bindingly regal… For all that has gone before it, the Libera me, originally composed separately, brings the work to its conclusion, both literally and emotionally. Winters’ soaring soprano was persistent but beautiful, rising to her second high C without a flicker.”

Olivia Bell, Bachtrack

“Gardiner has an excellent ear for singers and he chose a great soloist quartet for this operatic mass for the dead. The soprano had a very flexible voice, flawless, with an interesting timbre, well placed piano and forte singing that carried over the wave of the orchestra. Winters is currently one of the most famous Traviatas on the operatic stage and it was easy to hear why. Her Verdian phrasing was stylish and she used beautiful Italianate ornamentation as well.”
Jacek Tabisz, Racjonalista.TV

Classical Pick: John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra tackle Verdi’s epic magnum opus. The top-line soloists are Corinne Winters…”
London Times

The music, as one might expect from the greatest of all 19th-century opera composers, is brilliantly operatic. It was performed by four sensational operatic soloists…a stunning performance.”

Daily Express

To this complex, contradictory “mental spectacle” Gardiner gives sweeping voice…making it explode with the only element that the sacred and profane have in common: the sonorous power of the word and its infinite resonances. From this point of view, the complicity of the four ideal soloists was decisive; Corinne Winters, Ann Hellenberg, Edgaras Montvidas and Gianluca Buratto.”

Guido Barbieri, La Repubblica

A nuanced reading of the Requiem… The soprano Corinne Winters has the graceful timbre of silk, and she moved as one with the Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg. The quartet is therefore optimal for synergy, as you hear in the Agnus Dei: warm, vocally united, faithful to the score.”

Mario dal Bello, Città Nuova

Among the soloists, the women excelled, soprano Corinne Winters suitably operatic…”

Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard

An exquisite line-up of soloists… The radiant passages for soprano and alto soloists, stunningly sung by Winters and Hallenberg, formed a highlight for the Agnus Dei…”
Jari Kallio, Adventures in Music

Winters ascends the heights with gold-colored tones that resonate softly in the piano. And how she structures the end of “Libera me” is breathtaking.”
Gerda Neunhoeffer, Luzerner Zeitung

At Westminster Cathedral, American soprano Corinne Winters, a slight but striking figure, excelled. She is an exquisitely expressive singer.”
Leslie Jones, Quarterly Review