REVIEWS

"Amaia shows us her skills as a performer in the Spanish repertoire of Granados, de Falla and Montesalvatge. These received a lot of applause, but the climax was with ´Canción de Cuna para dormir a un Negrito´ from Cinco Canciones Negras by Montsalvatge; the intimacy, intensity and simplicity of her interpretation was impeccable. She also offered a penetrating version of ´In uomini, in soldati´ (Despina) from Cosi fan Tutte by Mozart, and Zarzuela fragments, with special mention to the hometown speciality, Mitentxu by Guridi.

 

'Público entregado': Xabier Armendariz, Diario de Navarra

Saturday 7th May, 2016

Palacio del Condestable, Pamplona

"With the Mozart and Zarzuela arias, Amaia Azcona is splendid...Amaia's luminous voice and exact precision is highly suitable for the selected arias from the operas by Da Ponte. The soprano (Amaia) resolved Mozart's demanding high notes with sensational ease...With the Zarzuela, Amaia also shines. She is joyful and vibrant in the well known aria sung by Paloma in 'El Barberillo de Lavapies'. She also offers the complex and less known Romanza from Mirentxu by Guridi; her attacts are precise with perfect tuning and a well executed soft final high note."

 

'Two Mozartian Voices' - Teobaldos, Diario de Noticias

Saturday 7th May, 2016

Palacio del Condestable, Pamplona

"One of the highlights of the evening for me, however, was the set of Granados 'Tonadillas' performed by soprano Amaia Azcona, who treated us to authoritative and emotive interpretations of exceptional polish — I don't mind admitting that 'La maja dolorosa No. 2' brought a tear to my eye. Billed as 'a unique voice amongst the new generation of Spanish sopranos' Azcona combines solid technique with a rare expressive aptitude of disarming sincerity."

 

'Music in the Time of Goya' - Derek Murray

Sunday 27th December, 2015

The National Gallery, London

"...suited to the exquisite purity of Amaia’s soprano. She perfectly portrayed the melancholy of the lyrics."

 

'Spanish and Latin American Songs in St Martins' - Celia Crossley

Thursday 24th September, 2015

Roman River Festival, Colchester

"Amaia Azcona, who already showed her magnificent skills in a recital at Cultur Festival in Puente la Reina last summer, today presented a completely new programme with diverse song styles in four different languages...she offered freshness and luminosity as well as two absolutely essential ingredients in this repertoire: the clarity of diction, specially clear in the French repertoire, and purity of phrasing."

 

Xabier Armendariz, Diario de Navarra

Friday 23rd January, 2015

Palacio del Condestable, Pamplona

"Amaia Azcona has a lucid, clear voice with perfect pitch: very disciplined - all by heart and homogeneous in her singing line"

 

'A Very Interesting Voice' - Teobaldos,  Diario de Noticias

Monday 25th August, 2014

St Peter Church, Puente la Reina

"At the 24th Lyric Season from Málaga, Amaia Azcona, the Navarra´s soprano, drew an excellent interpretation and acting and a very fine diction with powerful and clear high notes. The whole programme was performed by memory that was emphatically interpreted both in Strauss, especially in Ständchen, Op.17 Nº2, as with Fauré´s Soire, Op. 83. Nº2. Special mention for her vibrant second part devoted to Spanish music, with a Lorca´s encore, and in which the Seven Spanish Folksongs by Falla, away from being artificial, capped a remarkable performance."

 

Fernando Anaya, Opera Actual Magazine

17th April, 2014

Teatro Echegaray

"With a voice of liquid velvet, Azcona revealed herself to be a consummate exponent of this sultry Latin American repertoire."

 

Paul Wiffen, Classical Music Daily Magazine

13th November, 2013

Steiner Theatre, London

"Micaela, played by Amaia Azcona Cildoz was the very picture of innocent goodness, and her beautiful soprano rang out pure and clear."

 

The Old Market, 2012

"Amaia Azcona Cildoz plays the innocent Micaela, the girl José left behind in his home village; she has the right air of "the nice girl from next door. She has a lovely voice for the part"

 

Ann Bawtree, The Public Reviews in Opera

23rd September, 2011

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

FEATURES

 

'Music in the Time of Goya' in The National Gallery

 

27th November, 2015

Anabel Rodríguez Venzalá

www.genteventos.com/music-in-the-time-of-goya-cronica

'Spanish soprano joins choir for recital'

 

West Sussex Gazette

Wednesday 11th November, 2015

Performances on BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' with Morgan Szymanski.

 

BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' with Sean Rafferty

Friday 11th September, 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b068smqk

"Via Artis Konsort will be joined by an upcoming talent, the young Pamplona Soprano, Amaia Azcona Cildoz"

 

Barroco Popular - Via Artis Konsort visit Spain 

Monday 20th April, 2015

www.musicaantigua.com/via-artis-konsort-en-espana

Navarra TV - Interview from 15 minutes 35 seconds

 "Frédéric Chopin famously spent a winter in Majorca in 1838 at the Valldemossa monastery on the north coast, where three of the concerts in this festival, organised by Kirker Holidays, take place. A further two concerts are held in a church in the pretty village of Banyalbufar, where guests are based in the family-run Mar i Vent hotel overlooking the Mediterranean.The festival runs from September 24 to October 6. Pieces by Chopin and other composers will be played by the pianist Melvyn Tan, classical guitarist Morgan Szymanski and organist Oliver Condy, and in 2015 the soprano Amaia Azcona Cildoz will be joining the line-up." 

 

Annie Bennett, The Daily Telegraph

Saturday 10th January, 2015

Chopin Festival, Mallorca

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