“The fetching Irini Karaianni brought much visual and aural pleasure to the proceedings with her bewitching Dulcinee. Her smoky mezzo has a hint of darkness overall, but the highest notes slipped into a rather bright upper extension. She does not press her chest voice, but nevertheless commands a decent amount of presence in the lower extremes.”
Don Quichotte, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, 2011
The undoubted star, though, was Irini Karaianni, whose almost contralto voice was big and mesmerising.
Her fearsome lower range was put to good use in what was the most dramatic role of the opera.
Linbury Studio at Covent Garden, June 2012