Congratulations to Askonas Holt artists Kate Royal and Christopher Maltman on their triumphant opening night of Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Opera House on Tuesday.
After tremendous successes in the roles of Pamina and Papageno when the McVicar production was revived in 2008, Kate and Chris return to Covent Garden for this revival. Both artists have enchanted the critics. Writing for Musical Criticism, Hugo Shirley was full of praise for Royal’s Pamina: ‘She once again brings a regal demeanour to the role, matched by a voice of considerable beauty. Her ‘Ach, ich fühl’s’ remains a highlight, too, including a gorgeous floated G in the penultimate phrase.’ In The Stage, George Hall recognised Maltman’s ‘particularly outstanding contribution…whose Papageno is impeccably sung and both genuinely funny and deeply touching in his humanity.’
In the Daily Express, William Hartston enthused: ‘Christopher Maltman as the bird-catcher Papageno was the real star. His comic acting and timing were wonderful, his baritone voice assured and his duck hat delightfully ludicrous.
Most impressive of all, he did not allow the comic nature of his part to intrude on the serious business of singing. A perfect balance. The British soprano Kate Royal was equally impressive as the abducted Princess Pamina.
She has one of those rare clear, crisp soprano voices that fit Mozart so well, together with exactly the right amount of depth and emotion to convey a feeling of passion without becoming overwhelming.’
‘Bravo! The run continues until 26 February.