Resounding success for Ángeles Blancas in Aribert Reimann's Lear
February 8th, 2024
After the premiere of Aribert Reimann's Lear at the Teatro Real, the press echoed the great work of soprano Ángeles Blancas.
Thus, in Codalario one can read the following: "Overwhelming, tremendous, Ángeles Blancas as Goneril [...] The Spanish soprano unleashed her many dramatic resources, her great personality and her ability to give theatrical meaning to every phrase and every gesture, in a very demanding role, which demands a dramatic soprano. Blancas sustained the inclement tessitura with full sonority, reproduced the leaps, the fearsome ascents, in a creation that expressed the greed, disloyalty, sensuality when necessary - to win the perfidious Edmund to her cause - in short, all the perversity of this character".
Similarly, the magazine Ópera World highlights the interpretative quality of the soprano: "The impeccable female trio was dominated by the sadistic and hysterical Gomeril, Lear's firstborn, played by the Madrid soprano Ángeles Blancas, who faced the merciless tessitura of her character with spasmodic naturalness and ease, and whose electrifying composition astounded the audience on several occasions".
From El debate, and following the same line, César Wonenburger points out that: "Reimann takes the performers to the limit, demanding from them, as particularly in the case of Gonerila (fabulous Ángeles Blancas), ductility, power and an impeccable high register. [...] The brutal Gonerila of the aforementioned Blancas stands out [...] the fierce interpreter, capable of devouring all her colleagues, maintains intact all her extraordinary magnetism, but also her voice responds to her as in her best times, fresh, lush, with a powerful high register, which already allows us to glimpse future Wagnerian incarnations. [...] She was the most acclaimed, together with Skovhus and the orchestra".
Other media, such as Bachtrack, emphasise the vocal qualities of Ángeles Blancas, stating that: "Ángeles Blancas' Goneril is the revelation of the evening. She demonstrated impeccable vocalism and emission throughout the tessitura, and the flexibility to master a score full of devilish extremes, necessary to move through all the shades of pure evil that the character exudes".
Praising the quality and solidity of Blancas' career, Beckmesser magazine and La Razón state that, "A Spaniard, Ángeles Blancas, features in the cast as Goneril and shows that kind of artist that has earned her the award for best female singer last season at the Opera XXI Awards."
Finally, Platea Magazine comments, along the same lines as the rest of the media, on the great work done by the soprano: "Of the rest of the cast I would highlight Ángeles Blancas. Recent winner of the Ópera XXI award for best singer last season for her marvellous incarnation of Kostelnička in Jenufa performed at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, her work as Goneril was also of great quality, with confidence throughout the tessitura (her treble was impeccable) and a stupendous projection".