Vendulka, The Kiss

by Beth Stewart

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, 2013

"One of the best reasons to see “The Kiss” is for soprano Corinne Winters’ spectacular turn as Vendulka. Winters has been at OTSL every year for the past five seasons, the first two as a Gerdine Young Artist, and in principal roles ever since. She’s now singing in major houses around the world, and her performance on Sunday night demonstrated why. The voice is rich, lovely and flexible; she’s beautiful and moves well; and her dramatic skills are so strong that she made Vendulka’s actions seem entirely reasonable."
Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Soprano Corinne Winters and tenor Garrett Sorenson lead the way as Vendulka and Lukáš, a pair of battling, headstrong lovers. Both have beautifully full tone throughout their ranges and an uncanny ability to meld characterization, emotion and just the right level of energy and comic timing with sure, tuneful singing."
Lew Prince, Riverfront Times

"As Vendulka, Corinne Winters soundly demonstrated that she has made good on all the wonderful promise she displayed in seasons past. Ms. Winters struck just the right balance between the girl’s stubbornness and the soft core that it conceals. Her singing above the staff was laser-perfect, thrilling in its lustrous intensity. Her substantial soprano also speaks well in the lower ranges where a hint of darkness ensures good projection, though occasionally at the cost of the diverse palette of colors she has at her command in the upper half of her instrument. In all respects, this was a decisive performance."
James Sohre, Opera Today

"The soprano Corinne Winters portrayed the wholesome heroine with a radiant voice and winsome allure here on Thursday in the Opera Theater of St. Louis’s charming staging,  a co-production with Ireland’s Wexford Festival Opera."
Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times

"Corinne Winters was a delightful Vendulka, singing with a voice of resonance and lustre..."
George Loomis, Opera Magazine

"The St. Louis performance [was] graced by the ample, gleaming soprano of Corinne Winters as the virtuous Vendulka (keep your ear on her)..."
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

"The cast member who fared best was Corinne Winters, whose intriguingly dark lyric soprano and Natalie Wood good looks made her an impressive Vendulka."
Fred Cohn, Opera News