Acclaim

“La soprano estadounidense Megan Barrera ganó el año pasado el primer premio del certament Nuevas Voces de Sevilla, un premio que ha impulsado su presencia en el Festival de Música Española de Cádiz en 2019. Con todo merecimiento. La cantante diseñó un programa de concierto para mostrar sus cualidades al complete y recibir el espaldarazo del público, que se lo otorgó con largueza y sinceridad. En la primera parte la soprano se mostró comedida en el gesto, si bien su generosa expresividad gestual se acompasó con la emoción transmitida en la interpretación de los Siete Lieder de Berg con su voz altamente vibrada…en las canciones de los Tres poemas de Turina…La cantane apoyó con sentido los cambios de carácter entre las canciones, especialment con el animoso ímpetu en la incial “Olas gigantes” y en los pasajes melismáticos posteriores. En la segunda parte el dúo musical interpretó pieza líricas. Sorpendió Megan Barrera con la escenificación a ritmos lento de “Esta es su carta” y la intense passion de la lectura musical de esta pieza…Dejó constancia no obstante la soprano de dominio dinámico y de la redondez de su voz en las notas sobreagudas. El amplio y gustoso incipit instrumental del Francisco Soriano a la “Canzone del salice y Ave María” de Otello creó el respetuoso ambiente que acogió este recitativo-aria, que precisa voces de soprano con espesor, como la de Megan Barrera. Ambos intérpretes disfrutaron en la propina “¡Sí, yo soy Cecilia Valdés,” de la zarzuela cubana homónima compuesta por Gonzalo Roig, cantada y bailada por Megan Barrera hacienda valer su origen cubano-puertorriqueño.”—DIARIO Bahía de Cádiz
Translation: “The American soprano Megan Barrera won the first prize last year in the Nueva Voces de Sevilla Vocal Competition, an award that has boosted her presence in the Spanish Music Festival of Cádiz in 2019, and with merit. The singer designed a concert program to show off all her qualities, and she received full support from the audience at length with sincerity. In the first part the soprano was restrained in gesture, although her generous expressiveness was accompanied by the emotion transmitted in the interpretation of the Sieben frühe Lieder of Berg with highly vibrated voice…in the songs of the Tres Poemas of Turina…the singer strongly supported the changes of character between the songs, especially with the courageous momentum in the initial “Olas gigantes” and subsequent melismatic passages. In the second part, the musical duo performed lyrical pieces. Megan Barrera surprised me with the slow-paced staging and the intense passionate musical reading of “Esta es su carta”…it was noted that the soprano carriers a great dynamic domain and the roundness of her voice continues throughout her upper register. Francisco Soriano’s long and tasteful introduction to the “Canzone di Salice and Ave Maria” of Otello created the respectful atmosphere that hosted this recitative-aria, which requires full soprano voices, such as Megan Barrera. Both performers enjoyed the encore “¡Sí, yo soy Cecilia Valdés,” of the homonymous Cuban zarzuela composed by Gonzalo Roig, sung and danced by Megan Barrera asserting her Cuban-Puerto Rican origin.”         

“Pero fue la norteamericana de origen Cubano y portorriqueño Megan Barrera quien logró el favor del jurado, con un canto muy expresivo, amplia facilidad para modular y soprendentes cambios de registro...la entonó una retorcida pieza de la ópera de Daniel Catán Florencia en el Amazonas.”—el Correo de Andalucia  


Translation: But it was the Cuban Puerto Rican American Megan Barrera who won the favor of the judges, with very expressive singing, ample facility to modulate and surprising register changes...she sang a complicated piece from Daniel Catán’s opera Florencia en el Amazonas.

 

“As Berta, Megan Barrera was a scene stealer, her crotchety, sneezing persona consistently greeted by laughter. Barrera’s voice was equally enchanting in her brief aria.”—South Florida Classical Review 2017 “Megan Barrera, cantante local, brilló en su única aria, lo que le ganó merecidos aplausos.”—El Nuevo Herald 


Translation: “Megan Barrera, local singer, shined in her only aria, that won her well-deserved applause.”


"Megan Barrera sang Donna Anna with an equally big, warmer voice that showed off the expansive top she demonstrated in her rendition of Cole Porter’s “So In Love” during the opening-night concert. In “Or sai chi l’onore,” she built admirably from the recitative into the indignant, vengeful outburst, and in “Non mi dir, bell’idol mio,” the basic generosity of her voice was keenly evident...[a] fine singer...[who] earned huge ovations from the audience Sunday afternoon at curtain call.” —Palm Beach Arts Paper  

 

"Barrera, muy joven, tiene todas las cualidades para lograr una brillante carrera y fue muy ovacionada por el público por su entrega de la sufrida doña." –El Nuevo Herald  


Translation: "Barrera, very young, has all the qualities to achieve a brilliant career and it was acclaimed by the public for her delivery of the suffering Donna."


"Soprano Megan Barrera, in her role as Norina, demonstrated an impressive range and great projection...her acting was colorful and she definitely brought great personality to her role." –The Wichita Eagle 

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