~~ Critical Acclaim ~~
In Ernani :
"Elin Carlson as Elvira rose to the challenge, displaying a bright,
appealingly silvery tone and the technique to negotiate Verdi's ornate vocal lines cleanly and precisely.
- San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA
"Walking away with the hearts of the audience was soprano Elin Carlson, who was absolutely stunning in her portrayal of the innocent Gilda, Rigoletto's chaste daughter.
Carlson grabs the audience's attention right away with her pure, sweet voice and coquettish charm. In Act I's "Caro Nome," her unwavering control adds immeasurably to Verdi's melody. Even while singing Verdi's stratospheric coloratura passages, she is able to control the dynamic, never screaming, even when she's well above high C. She managed a pure pianissimo at the end of the aria, sustaining a quietly controlled high B.
Her ability in bringing out Gilda's charms were strong. Many sopranos present a one-dimensional performance. Carlson has evolved far beyond that, making the audience care about Gilda."
"[Rigoletto's] precious Gilda is Elin Carlson, a tall, slender and full-voiced
soprano who soars through coloratura flourishes with assurance and
"As Gilda, Elin Carlson has the perfect youthful lyric voice for this
role. Her "Caro nome" aria combined brilliance with apparent ease of
execution and real expressiveness."
In The Abduction from the Seraglio:
"Elin Carlson's Constanza is the chief delight in the ensemble. She plays the part with a lovely, high-minded grace, and she sings with a pure, fluid voice well-suited to the music. Her Act II "Traurigkeit" aria, sung with meditative sorrow, is gorgeous."
- Contra Costa Times, San Francisco Bay Area
In Lucia di Lammermoor:
"Elin Carlson has a pure, well-centered tone and a vocal style free of mannerisms. Her coloratura technique is clean and effortless. Her "Mad Scene" proved both vocally and dramatically impressive, clearly demonstrating that though she'd lost her wits, her vocal control remained intact."
". . . vocally radiant . . . a perfect Lucia . . ."
"Elin Carlson . . . was fantastic. She walked onto the stage casually, and, without any preliminaries, started right into one of the most difficult coloratura arias in the world, from Gounod's Romeo and Juliet. She also sang Puccini and Bernstein excellently."
- Mac/Eddy Today (reprinted from the American Hungarian Journal)
"Elin Carlson's voice features easy presentation, soaring coloratura, and softly emphasized low registers. (Her recital was) an evening of melodic delight."
- Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA
". . . statuesque . . . opulent soprano, pliable and expressive"
In a gala concert:
"Especially fascinating . . . convincingly conveyed every feeling"
- Tirolean Daily News, Innsbruck, Austria
In Mozart's Requiem:
"(Elin Carlson's performance was) distinguished . . . by clarity and poise"
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