Xanthoudakis Triumphs in Artistic Director, Lindy Humes’ Ingenious production of Rigoletto at Opera Queensland
“Xanthoudakis has it all” – Limelight Magazine ….
Transferring Verdi’s masterpiece, Rigoletto from the 1600’s to the early 2000’s successfully is no mean feat, but artistic director Lindy Humes’ ingenious production for Opera Queensland ticks all the boxes. The concept is to transport Rigoletto from the Duke of Mantuas corrupt court full of sexual excess and masculine power to a modern day seat of masculine power: Berlusconi’s reign of power at Italian President, replete with underage sex scandals and bursting testosterone. It proves an exceptionally effective backdrop, strengthened by strong set designs and costumes, as well as an exceptionally accomplished cast, including Australia’s most iconic Rigoletto, Michael Lewis and an exceptional Gilda in Xanthoudakis. Elena was universally praised in the media reviews as a dazzling rising star, not only a singer who has ‘the notes’ and expression but whose acting also attracted special comment
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But it is the women that steal the show – and one woman in particular. Elena Xanthoudakis as Gilda is dazzling. The role has the potential to be a dull stock character – a naïve female victim. But Xanthoudakis has it all: the adolescent playfulness of the Duke’s daughter, the youthful terror of the adult world she’s been thrust into and, above all, the notes. It was and is an opera well worth seeing, if only to catch a rising star in Elena Xanthoudakis.
Andrew Messenger Limelight Magazine, 17th March.
Xanthoudakis sings beautifully as the impossibly innocent Gilda. Gillian Wells, Courier Mail, 17th March 2014 The tragic innocence brings out the best in Elena Xanthoudakis
Martin Buzacott The AUSTRALIAN 15th March
Vocal honours of the night went to Elena Xanthoudakis, as Gilda. Expressively sung, hers was a beautifully controlled performance which even had her adding lustre to the score’s famous soprano aria ‘Caro nome’
Peter Pinne Stage Whispers
Elena Xanthoudakis’s Gilda is a delight from start to finish, with a sweetness and purity of tone that matches her strength of character.
Flloyd Kennedy Performing Arts Hub, 17th March
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