La forza del destino - Deutsche Oper Berlin 2019


"María José Siri does not only sing the Pace aria magnificently".
Thomas Assheuer, Zeit

"María José Siri's dark, glistening soprano lights the role of Leonora delicately... ."
Wolfgang Schreiber, Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Maria José Siri sings Leonora with a dark soprano...”
Clemens Haustein, Berliner Zeitung

"María José Siri as Leonora creates wonderful piano moments ... .... her big voice ...."
Georg Kasch, Berliner Morgenpost

“Maria José Siri is a Donna Leonora with powerful breaths...”
Ulrich Amling, Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten

“Uruguayan soprano Maria José Siri gave a very convincing account of Donna Leonora di Vargas. It would an understatement to say that Siri literally stole first two acts. Siri portrayed Leonora as indecisive at the beginning but then overwhelmed by motions of dread and doom.
“Me pellegrina ed orfana” delivered her doubts over elopment <sic> with Don Alvaro and vocally matched the dramatic expressions. Completely utilizing the Deutsche Oper’s fantastic acoustics, Siri delivered the self-pitying aria with her full vocal potential, successfully shifting between fortissimo legato and blasting out bountiful high notes on “Dannato a eterno pianto.”
Leonora’s “Sono giunta! Madre, pietosa Vergine” calls for true vocal mastery which Siri readily delivered with proper intonation and ample vocal strength. Siri reached her greatest vocalism in “Pace, pace, mio Dio.” She crowned the aria with a truly majestical high B-flat.”
Dejan Vukosavljevic, Operawire

“On stage, meanwhile, María José Siri proved a stylish, sturdy, admirable Leonora, (...) she’s an outstanding singer...”
Hugo Shirley,

“To his side, in excellent vocal maturity, Uruguayan soprano María José Siri offered a measured and elegant interpretation of the part of Leonora di Vargas. Siri’s voice sounds these days easy and homogenous, with an exquisitely crafted legato singing, with no tensions in the vocal production. Her Verdi is bel-canto, without forgoing for this reason to being expressive and theatrical. Nothing to object, all things considered, in this splendid interpretation.”
Alejandro Martinez, Platea Magazine

“María José Siri sings Leonora with great emotional participation…”
Ursula Wiegand, Der Neue Merker

“…Maria José Siri as Leonora with a grandly sung “Pace pace mio Dio.”
Dr. Ingobert Waltenberger, Der Neue Merker

"The cast was unanimously celebrated by first-rate Verdi interpreters such as Maria José Siri as Donna Leonora, Russell Thomas in the role of Don Alvaro and Markus Brück as Don Carlo.”
Musik Heute

"In this setting, the story of the love between the Spanish nobles Leonora and Don Alvaro (great voices: Maria José Siri and Russell Thomas) was told."

Claudia von Duehren, BZ

"... the soprano does justice to Verdi's demands, with clean intonation and round high notes."
Peter P. Pachl, Neue Musikzeitung

“Siri, totally unleashed, launches all her weapons to deliver a “Pace” burning with the energy of despair, which she concludes with a “Maledizione” filling the hall and knocking everyone out.”
Paul Fourier, Toute La Culture

“Maria José Siri as Leonora di Vargas ... sang herself into soprano firmament, what wonderful legato lines, what glorious low notes and svelte high register! Brava!!!”
Kaspar Sannemann, Oper Aktuell

“Maria José Siri is a passionate Donna Leonora”
Roberto Becker, OMM

"María José Siri lends Leonora gorgeous notes in all registers with her round, warm soprano. Her "Pace, pace" aria is one of the most moving moments."
Kerstin Schweiger, IOCO

"Throughout, Siri sang with scrupulous attention to dynamics and phrasing.  Her Leonora was less chaste and much more sexually aware than we often see."

Maria José Siri’s Leonora is very much involved in the acting and interpretation (…); but this very well controlled voice and able to sing filato high notes, concerned about the recitatives (…)”
Guy Cherqui, Wanderer Site

"As passionate, suffering Leonora María José Siri scored with full, dramatic sound... . Siri's intimate moments seethed with underlying will to live. A pleasure were the beautiful lines above the choir of the pilgrims in the second act and the sensitively formed phrases in the prayer "Madre, pietosa vergine", detached from the world and fading away in a shiny piano."
Konzert Kritik Opern Kritik Berlin