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parterre.com - One of three
22 june 2013
The most interesting singer in any of these three operas is Cellia Costea, the Elisabetta di Valois. Costea has a distinctive, dark-hued voice with an uncanny resemblance to her countrywoman Angela Gheorghiu's, especially in the black-satin middle and bottom. The top can retain a soft, rounded quality or become more dramatic and cutting when necessary. She is the only performer here who seems to understand and convey the scale of the drama through both her committed, sympathetic acting and noble, sensitive singing. And as icing on the cake, she ends the opera with a secure, blazing high B.

ODB opéra
22 mars 2013
... à commencer par Cellia Costea pour sa prise de rôle de Butterfly. Elle a été longuement ovationnée, à juste titre. Son chant était très clair, plein de nuances. Son jeu avait toute la retenue que l'on imagine chez une jeune femme japonaise de cette époque. Elle a terminé en pleurs sur scène, comme une partie de la salle. Selon moi LA révélation de la soirée.

"Bagheria"
Giuseppe Di Salvo
14 maggio 2011
Il giovane soprano rumeno Cellia Costea, venerdi 13 maggio 2011 al Teatro Politeama di Palermo, da un’interpretazione di Tosca davvero avvincente e convincente. Ha una voce luminosa e corposa e, possiamo ben dire che e stata la migliore interprete di "Tosca" degli ultimi decenni nella citta di Palermo: bella presenza scenica, voce densa, rotonda, dal timbro roseo intenso e dotata di forza espressiva; nei momenti drammatici dell’opera (vedi scena della tortura di Cavaradossi pilotata dalla cinica regia di Scarpia), la cantante ha dato il meglio delle sue capacita interpretative.

"Kathimerini"
Nikos A. Dondos
In Tosca, Cellia Costea enchanted the audience with her beautiful, lyrical and powerful voice. She displayed an exquisite technique by avoiding "realistic" exaggerations.

"VRADYNI" newspaper
ALEXIS SPANIDES
The second cast (18/1) was an altogether different cup of tea. One felt that he was listening to a completely new performance. I tend to believe that this particular performance will remain in the Annals of the Greek national opera , and rightly so. Celia Costea sang the title role with a beautiful sensuous voice in total command of the music, with an even lyrical voice.Her performance was a true revelation and at the moment of her famous aria she brought tears to the eyes of the audience.

www.musicweb-international.com
Goran Forsling
In Figaro we encounter Cellia Costea as a truly impressive Countess. Her "Dove sono" in act three is on of the best things in the opera.

The Opera Tattler
http://operatattler.typepad.com
August 19, 2010
Playing the part of Adalgisa was Romanian soprano Cellia Costea who sang beautifully, her voice rich and velvety.

Les Identitaires
Le 09 Fevrier 2006
Par Georges PIERRETTE
MUSIQUE : Les grands Mozart a l’Opera de Vienne

"Cellia Costea faisait ses debuts a l’Opera dans la Comtesse. Magnifique voix fraiche et douce. Ses deux airs sont des instants de grace. Somptueuse soiree donc(23 janvier)."

G.Korentschnig
Kurier vom 25.01.2006

"Man hort eine neue Grafin - Cellia Costea gibt ihr Hausdebut: Sie ist zwar nicht die Ruhe in Person, verfugt jedoch uber ein schones, weiches und rundes Timbre, bringt Ausdruckskraft und grosse Innigkeit ins Spiel. Eine angenehme Stimme, die alle Anforderungen der Rolle erfullen kann."

Turandot, Giacomo Puccini
Nuits d'Opera - XXV
27.07.2005

"La que va brillar i es va emportar l’ovacio mes gran de la nit va ser Cellia Costea, impressionant en el paper de Liu."

Don Giovanni, Opera de Marseille
By Francis Carlin
Published: May 20 2005

"The singing is exquisitely tasteful too, with an Elvira(Cellia Costea) who puts some personality into her vocalising."

Anaclase – De la musique avant toute chose
Delphine Roullier

"Les prestations feminines de Donna Elvira par Cellia Costea et de Donna Anna ont en commun une expression vocale convaincante. L'apparition de la premiere, pour prevenir la seconde contre le traitre auquel elle a affaire, est d'une troublante emotion et veracite. Endeuillee deja, son chant exprime avec determination le tragique."

Turandot
By David Blewitt
Published Thu 17 February 2005

"The other impressive newcomer is Cellia Costea, whose Liu is touchingly realised. She’s especially moving in her final moments ("Tanto amore segreto"). Her soprano is firm and full, with an Italianate warmth - she’d make a wonderful Mimi. Here surely is a future star."

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