• Washington National Opera offers vivid ‘Turandot’

    Helping to make the loss of Liu all the more telling on Saturday was the gorgeous singing of Sabina Cvilak in that role. Whatever she lacked in depth of acting, the soprano more than made up for in tonal radiance. Her floated pianissimo notes were alone worth the price of admission. Puccini always felt extra […]

  • Turandot — Washington National Opera

    The first applause of the night belonged to Slovenian soprano Sabina Cvilak as Liù, and deservedly so. Her tiny, brittle figure, dwarfed by the scenery and the other characters, was an embodiment of Puccini’s fragile, tragic heroine, the most human character in Turandot (in a stroke of directorial inventiveness, Liù is never masked). And the […]

  • Right-Sizing Turandot at the Washington National Opera

    The wisdom of Şerban’s approach, which encloses the action within a reproduction of a tiered wooden theater, with the chorus commenting on the action from the sidelines, was apparent the moment soprano Sabina Cvilak began Liu’s first act aria, “Signore, ascolta.” Liu is usually one of Puccini’s more thankless roles, a dull vision of innocence […]

  • La Bohème, B Cast

    Mimi (Sabina Cvilak) had very good stage presence and stability of sound. Their infatuation with each other was most brilliantly expressed when Rodolfo followed Mimi around the set while videotaping her, with the picture projected live on the big screen in black and white. Read more →

  • Met weekly 27. september 2007

    Soprano Sabina Cvilak brings real pathos and presence to her Mimi and she is one of the best sopranos to grace the WNO in seasons. The rest of the band of Euro-bohemians is superb, especially Luca Salsi as truly memorable Marcello. If you must choose, make it Door Number Two. In the Kennedy Center Opera […]