Review: "To Lenny with Love"

Unlike her sister Natalia, the blues-folk singer-songwriter I fell in love with last year at Club Helsinki, Arianna Zukerman is a classical singer whose lyric soprano has been applauded widely and wildly. To see and hear her in our own little opera house of sorts, was to exult in the lusciousness of her voice, face, and figure (sorry, but it’s all part of the gorgeous package). Not to mention her acting chops, comic and tragic.

Enid Futterman, imby (in my back yard)
Leaf Peepers Concerts at St. James Church

“...Arianna’s soaring soprano impressed…[Her] singing of a Reynaldo Hahn song was lovely with some fine accompaniment by pianist Giovani Reggioli. But her mixing of “I’m Just a Gal Who Can’t Say No” from Oklahoma with “100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man” from Wonderful Town made me think she’s missed her vocation. She’s’ obviously a born comedienne!”


Rex Hearn, The Berkshire Record
Pinchas Zukerman conducts Arianna Zukerman, Wallis Giunta, Gordon Gietz as they sing Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra
Pinchas Zukerman says heartfelt farewell to National Arts Centre Orchestra

"After an intermission, Beethoven’s 9th (a favourite of Zukerman’s) proved to be the real kicker. The orchestra came in with a rejuvenated verve, expressing thanks to Zukerman for the many years of joyful music. Soprano Arianna Zukerman, daughter of Pinchas; mezzo Wallis Giunta, tenor Gordon Gietz, bass-baritone Robert Gleadow and a full chorus all gave a stunning “Ode to Joy.”"

Michael Vincent,
Arianna Zukerman, whose pleasant voice fused
nicely with the orchestra, was particularly striking in the wonderful duet with the solo violin –
her father – Pinchas Zukerman. Chemistry clearly passes through the blood.” Read More...
Yerah Tal, Bar Ilan Magazine (Israel)
"...soprano Arianna Zukerman sings with a supremely controlled tone that never strays from pure beauty, but sublimely imparts the contrast of isolation vs. devotion and buoyant hopefulness." Read More...
Dianne Wells, The Whole Note
Annelies - review

“Arianna Zukerman sings with subdued beauty.”

Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian (UK)
Glover Makes "Messiah" Special

“[Pancella] and Zukerman conjured peace itself in their duo aria ‘He shall feed his flock,’ while Zukerman put lots of joy in the florid ‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.’”

Mary Ellyn Hutton, Music in Cincinnati
Glover's 'Messiah' fresh, inspiring
“Soprano Arianna Zukerman displayed a crystalline voice in her appearances, and handled cascades of coloratura passages brilliantly in her first full aria, ‘Rejoice greatly."
Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer
A Bit of Heaven and Earth: Verdi's Requiem Offer the Best of Both Worlds
"Soprano Arianna Zukerman was in fine form. Even in the full forte sections of the chorus and orchestra, Zukerman ‘s soprano was sheer perfection. One of the most glorious moments of her singing was a thrilling high ‘C' in the Rex Tremendae that seemed totally effortless. Together in the Recordare, Zukerman and Maguire sang with harmonious unity. It was like two angels offering an ode of comfort, further accentuated by the gentle dancing of the flutes."
Patrick D. McCoy,
National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale perform a powerful Verdi's Requiem
"The quartet of vocal soloists was generally satisfying, with Arianna Zukerman's glowing soprano and Kevin Deas's grainy, authoritative bass taking the honors."
Joe Banno, Washington Post
'Rape of Lucretia,' Castleton Opera review
"Tenor Vale Rideout stole the show, perhaps, in a bravura performance as the Male Chorus. But he was well matched by soprano Arianna Zukerman as the Female Chorus."
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
Review: TSO, choirs bring forth a joyful Beethoven
"[Richard Zeller's] vocal compatriots - the powerful tenor Scott Ramsay, meltingly rich mezzo Stacey Rishoi, and brilliant soprano Arianna Zukerman - articulated the powerful texts in a superb example of ensemble singing."
Sallly Vallongo, The Toledo Blade
Messiah in the Cathedral
"Of the soloists, Zukerman and Rogers stood out for evenness of tone, ease on high, and fluidity of embellishment. Zukerman's softly floated high notes are especially impressive, giving hints of their potential to ravish in the right setting. When she sings forte, her tone's dramatic fullness makes a colorful contrast with the wispy, fluty quality of the choir's sopranos. The clarity and excellence of her variations in such well-worn works as 'Rejoice greatly' and 'He shall feed his Flock' reinvigorated those much-loved arias."
Jason Victor Serinus, San Francisco Classical Voice
"Soprano Arianna Zukerman, the daughter of virtuoso violinist Pinchas Zukerman, intensified and hushed her high notes on command for stunning shapeliness in phrases." Read More...
Anna Reguero, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Soprano Arianna Zukerman simply soared, as if her voice was a passageway to heaven." Read More...
Patrick D. McCoy,
Mozart's Requiem - Music of the Baroque
"MOB fielded an excellent quartet of soloists. Arianna Zukerman rode the soprano line with luminous ease. Zukerman's timbre is not of the ethereally floated variety one may associate with this music (a Battle or an Auger, say), but she is a characterful, technically accomplished singer. Here, she gave a lovely performance, with the requisite liquid trills for the Benedictus."
Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News
Music of the Baroque's 'Requiem' both fierce and tender
"Zukerman's voice is bell-like and pure, well matched to Mozart."
Dorothy Andries, Pioneer Press (IL)
Boston Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra's Don Giovanni Convincing, Intelligent
"Donna Anna (soprano Arianna Zukerman) and Don Ottavio (tenor Steven Sanders) are given the staid, expansive arias in this opera, and we were well rewarded by their beautiful, rich voices."
Mary Wallace Davidson, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Opera Lyra Ottawa
"[As First Lady] Arianna Zukerman ... is magnificent vocally and has very fine stage presence."
Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer, Le Droit (Ontario)
Whitbourn's Annelies

“The ensemble included Daniel Hope, violinist, the Residence Chamber Choir Den Haag, and the magnificent presentation and vocalism of Arianna Zukerman. It made such an impression that some audience members decided to forego the concert events they had booked for later in the evening in order to remain.”

Festival Classique News
Symphony's Slatkin era ends with rousing 'Ode to Joy'

"Soprano Arianna Zukerman's powerful solo focusing on Christ's patience is a highlight of the Barber piece."

Nashville Tennessean
Sung directs ESO in bright, varied spring Mozart program
"Ms. Zukerman, whose accomplishments as a Mozart interpreter are gaining widespread attention, gave a joyful interpretation of this great work, with its ecstatic 'Alleluia' finale.
Bill Gowen, Chicago Daily Herald
Symphony concert talents very impressive
"Soprano Zukerman impressed throughout the work with a warm, flexible and velvety voice that rode out the loudest passages with ease. In the impassioned 'Libera me,' she became a tormented Aida-like heroine beseeching the heavens with dramatic flair and soaring pianissimi."
Larry Collins, Springfield News-Leader (Missouri)
Conductor Raymond Leppard fashions memorable "Messiah"
"... Creamy ... soprano [Arianna] Zukerman's sure-voiced drama carried her through several glowing solos, among them 'Rejoice greatly' and 'He shall feed his Flock'...."
Michael Huebner, Birmingham News
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