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Tristan und Isolde

"Isolde is a big surprise: largely unknown Korean dramatic soprano Juyeon Song, a petite figure but what a voice! A vocal powerhouse with secure high notes; a strong and passionate Isolde. Just listen to her angry outbursts of indignation in the first act, the impatient longing when awaiting Tristan for their secret tryst, the sheer ecstasy of their first embrace and that wonderful love duet with waves of passion that never wants to end! "

https://www.thewholenote.com/index.php/booksrecords2/vocalchoralreviews/30858-wagner-tristan-und-isolde-juyeon-song-roy-cornelius-smith-ostrava-opera-men-s-chorus-janacek-philharmonic-orchestra-robert-reimer?fbclid=IwAR1CiuspcNeYKAnm2RP63pAKbJhh02gOacmX4d-TMgZGnJW9i6V2IWCzQxY

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

"Song achieves something that NO other Isolde I’ve ever heard does. She sounds frantic, a little unhinged, on the verge of a nervous breakdown—wholly appropriate to this scene, but as I said, no other Isolde sounds like this. Brava, Juyeon! Well done!"

https://artmusiclounge.wordpress.com/2020/11/17/songs-reimers-excellent-tristan/?fbclid=IwAR2q3UQsscDfDkKe-Oe2OLVNyoy8jJur_ootWkj0ui1pkzevBfRqWtU_Xh4

Tristan und Isolde

"Juyeon Song’s Isolde is no less good: her voice may be a little tight and lack the usual timbre qualities for the role, but she is a highly dramatic singer who is completely absorbed in her role and sings a strong, passionate Isolde. You really wonder where this petite singer gets the strength to sing the demanding role with such great vocal power and expressivity. Tamaro Gallo is a great, dramatically impressing Brangäne, John Paul Huckle a good Marke, Brian Davis a reliable Kurwenal."

https://www.pizzicato.lu/bemerkenswerte-tristan-einspielung/?fbclid=IwAR2V4NpIBGkuDskLw1HUk6PNZcgzvnlQSq_QIQvtX763Uu8oT0n4hhdvf9w

Remarkable Tristan Recording

''She is a highly dramatic singer who is completely absorbed in her role and sings a strong, passionate Isolde. You really wonder where this petite singer gets the strength to sing the demanding role with such great vocal power and expressivity."

 https://www.pizzicato.lu/bemerkenswerte-tristan-einspielung/ fbclid=IwAR2V4NpIBGkuDskLw1HUk6PNZcgzvnlQSq_QIQvtX763Uu8oT0n4hhdvf9w​

Song’s & Reimer’s Excellent “Tristan”

"Song achieves something that NO other Isolde I’ve ever heard does. She sounds frantic, a little unhinged, on the verge of a nervous breakdown—wholly appropriate to this scene, but as I said, no other Isolde sounds like this. 

 

Song actually interprets the words of the “Liebestod,” once again something I’ve rarely heard in the past."

https://artmusiclounge.wordpress.com/2020/11/17/songs-reimers-excellent-tristan/?fbclid=IwAR2q3UQsscDfDkKe-Oe2OLVNyoy8jJur_ootWkj0ui1pkzevBfRqWtU_Xh4

Nabucco
San Francisco Classical Voice
By Janos Gereben, Oc tober 22, 2019

"This balance also figured prominently in the singing: beyond Song's power and high notes in portraying the evil Abigaille (an anti-hero presaging Verdi's Lady Macbeth), her most remarkable performance came with her quiet, sorrowful final aria, "Su me ... morente ... esanime" ("Me ... dying ... lifeless")."

https://www.sfcv.org/reviews/claude-heater-foundation/nabucco-in-the-temple-conquers-babylonians-and-opera-fans

Tristan und Isolde
Vienna Opera Blog
By Oliver Mcdonald

"(Juyeon Song) who is rapidly becoming 'the' Isolde of today. She sings with great, emotional sensitivity and sincerity throughout, and not just for Liebestod, when I could have sold a hundred packet of tissues"

https://www.viennaoperablog.com/post/a-night-to-remember-tristan-und-isolde-in-luslawice-poland-august-31-2019

Тristan und Isolde
San Francisco Classical Voice

Janos Gereben

"above all, singing Isolde, which she did with unflagging energy throughout the incredibly demanding vocal marathon."

https://www.sfcv.org/reviews/claude-heater-foundation/operatic-startup-delights-with-a-splendid-tristan

Tristan und Isolde
San Francisco Chronicle

Joshua Kosman

"Song’s Isolde was marked by capacious vocal power and expressive intimacy, especially during the extended love duet of Act 2."

" soprano Juyeon Song and tenor Roy Cornelius Smith blazing forth in the title roles, this was an entirely unexpected delight."

https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/music/out-of-nowhere-an-excellent-tristan-pops-up-in-san-francisco

Tianus Zeitung, Germany

"Man fragte sich nur, wo diese zierliche Sängerin die Kraft hernahm, bei den Fortissimo-Stellen 
mit ihrer Stimme noch durchzudringen.”


(You just wonder where this petite singer created the strength to get through with her voice even
at the fortissimo sites..)


"Den Abschluss des Konzerts bildete Isoldes Liebestod Mild und leise, wie er lächelt von Richard Wagner. Juyeon Song interpretierte noch einmal mit aller Intensität."

Rai TV - Stabat Mater

“impeccabile l'esecuzione della solista Juyeon Song” (Flawless execution of the soloist Juyeon Song)
in their National News Broadcasting.

Korean Entertainment Newspaper

"This performance should signal the birth of the next great star" 
by stage director Yuval Sharon from Aida, Berkeley Opera.

Independant Newspaper California

“Here we have the most visually believable Aida in memory…Her riveting performance in the Title role of Aida was proclaimed an emotional vocal performance that connected viscerally with the audiences as did her electrifying acting, from desperation to

S.A. SAO  Independent

“Song as Madama Butterfly radiates more like a ray of sun than a Butterfly….““Song transmutates into pure personification of her name; adeptly nailing each of her musical lines with sensitivity to the dynamics of the orchestra”

ABOUT

"Beside her heldin Arias of Wagner & Strauss Album, Ms. Song's entire performance of Isolde from Tristan und Isolde is also submitted for Grammy Award 2021. Live Performance of this recording with Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Centre, Poland,will be released by PARMA Recordings in November 2020, distributed through Naxos, which is also being submitted as consideration for the 2021 GRAMMY Awards."


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