Le Nozze di Figaro Royal Opera House, London (Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner  Stage: David McVicar)

,,...As Countess Almaviva the Swedish soprano Maria Bengtsson ....was terrific. To start with she sang one of the finest accounts of  ´Dovo sono´ I have ever heard in the theatre, the second verse in a perfectly controlled piano, the stretta  nimble yet full-voiced. It was exquisite.... She won the audience over with her sense of perplexed injury, and she looked gorgeous...." 

Published in Opera - The world´s leading opera magazine - in November 2013 by Russ McDonald     

 

 

Photo: Monika Ritterhaus

Daphne/R. Strauss at the Frankfurt Opera Conductor:  Sebastian  Weigle Stage: Claus Guth

In the cast the Swedish soprano Maria Bengtsson shone as the extraordinary protagonist, the young nymph Daphne - perhaps giving the performance of her life.... She is a lyric soprano with a pleasant timbre who is absolutely fascinating when singing Strauss....Maria Bengtsson's performance seemed like a kind of  miracle...  she  is an ARTIST in capital letters.."   

Seen and Heard International  José M Irurzun, April 10, 2010