Tosca, Teatro Carlo Felice 2019

 

“Tosca is Maria José Siri, who is now a very renowned soprano. Siri enraptures the audience, giving her best in the aria “Vissi d’arte”, sung in full voice and greeted with great applause, after effortlessly singing the high Cs in act II.”


Margherita Rubino, Il secolo XIX

 

 

"But Tosca is about Floria Tosca, the only woman on stage and Maria José Siri is simply magnificent. Her “Vissi d’arte” takes only the audience’s breath away and not hers, because she, with her melodious and seductive voice, is always up there close to the stars and interprets with perfect identification this strong, passionate, courageous Puccini woman."

Laura Allori, Il nido del gheppio

 

"Kudos to the singers, who displayed acting skills which made the performance even more involved. Maria José Siri gives life and body particularly to the spoiled and jealous Tosca and was splendid in the aria 'Vissi d'arte'"

Emanuela Mortari, Genova 24.it

 

“The Uruguayan soprano struck as always for the powerful vocal instrument, stage charisma and the passion with which she instills Tosca.  Her voice is well supported throughout her range, from the “della lama” high C to the plunge into the low register of “or gli perdono”, and her phrasing is always vibrant and polished. (…)”

Roberto Brusotti, Musica

 

 

“Tosca is Maria José Siri, and she truly is. Fiery, gifted with an important stage presence, a voice of a true dramatic soprano with a full-bodied low register, a remarkable expressivity and amazingly powerful high notes (“io quella lama gli piantai nel cor”). This character fits her like a glove, she conveys passion, rage, rapture, so much that she was unsurprisingly greeted with warm applause from the audience.”

Barbara Catellani, Operaclick

 

“Maria José Siri was Tosca. (…) her voice is well projected, homogenous and secure at the top, and the interpreter is hot-blooded and dramatically involved in the diva’s distress.”

The BlogArtPost

 

 

“What about soprano Maria José Siri? She gave us a Tosca of memorable caliber with her velvety, amber-tinged vocal expression. The same distance between a dazzling high register and a dark and veiled low one suggest a very remarkable capacity of attraction and damnation (which is after all the engine of the whole opera). Her rendition of Vissi d’arte was textbook, and greeted with a thunderous ovation.”

Francesco Cento, Bellini News

 

“The first one is Maria José Siri, much appreciated Puccini interpreter and a singer with a reassuring technical prowess: her performance runs smooth without irregularities, in search rather of vocal sharp corners revealing the refinements in the writing of Puccini's music, often performed too hurriedly. Her full-bodied voice, even more so when skillfully expanded in a rich dynamic range, is very pleasant to one's ears: her top is like a bold laser beam, her middle register is supple and her plunges to the low notes are intelligent, and Siri owns all the material to shape a chiseled and detailed Tosca.  The truly beautiful moments are undeniable: it is sufficient to hear her entrance phrase “Perché chiuso?”, excited and restless, to immerse oneself into the dimension of claustrophobic jealousy into which the woman will relegate the primadonna, definitely signing her death sentence. (...)

Antonino Trotta, L'ape musicale

 

“In the title role Maria José Siri, whose solidity and professionalism are well-known. (…) Siri is a serious, well prepared singer, well aware of the role she is interpreting and its difficulties. She solves without problems Tosca’s most awaited moments, such as the “lama” high C, sung with self-confidence and almost self-assuredness. The same can be said about the final scene. (…). She must however be praised for being able to manage the role with sobriety, without the Grand Guignol effects which in such a role are easy to fall into.”

Mauro Tortarolo, Connessi all'Opera.

 

“Also good was the interpretation of the protagonist, the tireless Maria José Siri: the supple sound of her voice can adapt itself very well to Tosca's dramatic jolts and frequently pressing phrasing; (...) her top arises full and secure...”

William Giuseppe Costabile Cisco, GBOpera