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“Klára Kolonits sung Melinda; her Ölj meg engemet aria was wonderful, but in fact it was the third act where she was truly amazing: her precise but expressive, virtuoso coloraturas, rich depictions of the extreme states of the souls put her above all the other performers.”
“The voice of Kolonits is in its essence bright, but full of colours and graceful, even in the highest register rich and secure. Its greatest quality, however, is the human, radiating warmth which enchants our ears and speaks directly to our hearts at the same time. The singing of Kolonits is always shockingly direct, and what she sings about, immediately becomes our own love, our suffering, our own hope or hopelessness.”

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“The great Melinda of our times did not get the role this season at the Opera House – despite having said many times that it’s one of her favourite roles, which three years ago she sang twice on one day (and wonderfully). This was an exceptional achievement, which presented not only her spotless technique but also her dedication. Now, Kolonits sung the role twice in Szeged (however, not in one day) in the original, longer, more virtuoso version of the opera which shows even better her best qualities.
We could experience again on how strikingly is she able to depict the miserable fate of the character. The part of Melinda is unmatchably difficult, consists of dramatic, lyrical and coloratura sections. The voice of Kolonits is in its essence bright, but full of colours and graceful, even in the highest register rich and secure. Its greatest quality, however, is the human, radiating warmth which enchants our ears and speaks directly to our hearts at the same time. The singing of Kolonits is always shockingly direct, and what she sings about, immediately becomes our own love, our suffering, our own hope or hopelessness.
It’s a treat to analyse this great stage character formation, but it’s impossible to describe what happened at the end of second act (…). Feel of guilt, accusation, forgiveness, love – all pulsating between two people, and the two great artists, with incomparable emotional richness, presented us with complete destruction of a family, a marriage, two human fates. We could literally live through how vulnerable gift happiness is and how much we can loose in just one moment.
Who wasn’t present at the show, can only accuse himself – because there is something in this world that he will never understand. The audience in Szeged celebrated with a standing ovation, four different pirate recordings began to go around the internet the day after, watched by thousands of people since then. The audience said clearly, that they need this very kind of opera singing and acting.”

March 21st 2017, momus.hu, Tamás Márok

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“Melinda is THE role for Klára Kolonits – who sung the matiné AND the evening performance on that day. What I heard was one of the most wonderful opera moments in the last years. I would not like to use big words but here it is just a must and only them can express: Kolonits became really a bright star in the history of Hungarian opera culture. Her voice is very powerful, but able to express slightest nuances as well. She sings with a fantastic, even unreal light and resonance without any effort – and masterfully in all the registers, the high one being the most wonderful. There is no orchestra tutti, no ensemble, that she wouldn’t be able to cover with her rich and beautifully soaring soprano. When she hits a high C in the aria, makes it just appear out of silence and volumes it up, without any jump or portamento: unforgettable experience and great technical virtuosity. (…) Kolonits gives back the faith in this art.”

 March 20th 2014, momus.hu, ppp

“Klára Kolonits sung Melinda; her Ölj meg engemet aria was wonderful, but in fact it was the third act where she was truly amazing: her precise but expressive, virtuoso coloraturas, rich depictions of the extreme states of the souls put her above all the other performers.”

 November 13th 2010, papiruszportal.hu, szabói

“Very high notes, demanding coloraturas were performed spotlessly: which means, that the singer perfectly mastered the technical part of the role. In addition she successfully depicted Melinda’s spiritual world, pain and madness with timbres, and expressive vocal gestures.”

November 11th 2010, operavilag.net, Gábor Bóka

“Both protagonists, Klára Kolonits and Attila Kiss B., were just soaring in the piece – their production, full of human emotions and vocally excellent as well, was supreme. Aria of Melinda  and the mad scene were the clue points of the whole evening.”

 November 9th 2010, Eszter Máry Szabó

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“Klára Kolonits gave us the most balanced and beautiful vocal production of the evening: in addition her part is significantly longer and more difficult in the original version of the opera which was performed. I was following career path of this lovely and very musical singer for the last years. Kolonits was unmatched in her lyrical subtlety, but she was enchantingly secure in all of the numerous virtuoso coloratura passages as well. I planned not to compare to the old masters, but I cannot resist: since Karola Ágai I haven’t heard the mad scene performed so amazingly. Bravo!”

November 7th 2010, Antal Z. Tóth

“Klára Kolonits with a clear voice performed the role of Melinda. Her soprano fits in all the the coloraturas with such an ease and a technical perfection, as they can rarely be experienced in this piece.”

November 2010, Opernglass, P. Wurze