Fricka, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre; Waltraute, Götterdämmerung
Fondazione Petruzzelli di Bari, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Long Beach Opera
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“Il mezzosoprano Jessie Raven era Fricka (acconciata come una signora dell'alta borghesia che veste Dior) un personaggio, spesso considerato secondario, che la cantante americana ha delineato con pertinenti tratti drammatici grazie ai quali la sua scena con Wotan nell'atto secondo, ha finito col diventare uno dei momenti più intensi della serata.”. (May 2009)
“(English Translation): The mezzo soprano Jessie Raven was Fricka (dressed up like a lady of the high bourgeoisie in Dior) a character, often considered secondary, that the American singer outlined with pertinent dramatic strokes thanks to which her scene with Wotan in the second act ended up becoming one of the most intense moments of the evening.”. (May 2009)
-Dino Foresio, www.operaclick.com
“The individual performers relived their characters with sincere immersion in the spirit of their respective roles…especially the insinuating yet insistent Jessie Raven in the difficult role of Fricka”. (2009)
-La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
“Jessie Raven's Fricka demands focus by her captivating mezzo-soprano sound”.(2005)
“Jessie Raven, opulent as Fricka and also Waltraute”.(2006)
“Jessie Raven as Fricka fared better, displaying the vocal heft and control to sing this music”.
“Jessie Raven's Fricka, wife of the chief god Wotan, was a strong presence in both operas over the weekend”. (2005)
“Wotan's wife Fricka, who nags him to fulfill his family obligations, was powerfully performed by Jessie Raven. Eaton gives Fricka a riding crop as a prop she uses very well on her husband, and which Raven amusingly flicked at her curtain call”. (2006)
“Wearing a sort of wedding frock at first (Fricka is the goddess of marriage, after all!), and acting quite the floozy, was Jessie Raven, a marvelous, multi-faceted wife for Wotan. She seemed to take on new and deeper dimensions of character as the action went forward. She was also wonderful as Waltraute in Twilight”.
“Jessie Raven’s Fricka managed to seem dignified despite some unfortunate costumes and her Waltraute in Twilight of the Gods sizzled”.