Reviews of "Werther”


Opera Holland Park





Opera – Rodney Milnes


“Alison Kettlewell, singing good clear French, was quite excellent as Charlotte.  Her warm-coloured mezzo is extremely attractive, and she revealed unsuspected strength at the top in her big third-act solos without any sense of strain.  Her sudden fortissimo ‘Ah, reviens’ to Sophie, so shamelessly lifted from Otello, was shattering.  Her impersonation of a simple girl somewhat out of her depth, one who has taken on more than she bargained for, worked well.”




The Guardian – Tim Ashley  ***


“An excellent cast….The emotional complexities are beautifully delineated.  The musical values are high…best of all is Kettlewell who wonderfully exposes Charlotte’s psychological and moral hell.”




The Observer – Anthony Holden


“Alison Kettlewell’s superb Charlotte…the music is ravishing, with the RPO on especially fine form under Dominic Wheeler”




The Times – Robert Thicknesse ****


“To find singers who can make these creatures engaging is a feat and Alison Kettlewell and Amos Christie do it in fine, self-absorbed style, with plenty of  the rationed vocal passion the music allows, and a feel for the swoonings of French style.”




What’s On – Tom Vallance ****


“…heroine Charlotte, Alison Kettlewell, whose lyrical tones are matched by her persuasive delineation of her character’s complex emotions”

“Charlotte’s letter scene, splendidly realised by Kettlewell”

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