Coloratura Brilliance

Review of Die Zauberflöte

…Despite its fabulous multicoloured spangles, the costume for the Queen of the Night did make her general outline look remarkably like Queen Victoria. However, I don’t think that Queen Victoria ever had anything in her wardrobe quite as glamorous and I am certain that she was never able to sing with the same glorious vocal extravagance and coloratura brilliance as Jillian Bain Christie. To be able to hit all these high notes time after time so perfectly really was as the Americans say “something else”. She wins the full laurels for the most accomplished vocal performance as well as for the best costume…

Alan Cooper, 02 May 2012