THE MAGIC FLUTE
Pacific Opera Victoria
Aline Kutan, as the Queen of the Night, is a volcano, commanding the stage vocally and dramatically.
The Victoria Times Colonist, Kevin Bazzana, April 18, 2009

THE MAGIC FLUTE
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Soprano Aline Kutan tossed off the Queen of the Night's famous aria with suitable evil gusto spiked with piercing high notes.
TheStar.com (Toronto Star ), John Teraud, Jan 23, 2009

LE GALA: MÊME PLAISIR RENOUVELÉ
Autre retour et autre confirmation d'un talent exceptionnel: Aline Kutan, virtuose de la voix et prodige de justesse, qui remplace un air de Puritani par un autre du même opéra, le « Qui la voce » où elle dote la cabalette d'ornements nouveaux et très aigus.
LA PRESSE MONTRÉAL Claude Gingras 9/12/2002


OPÉRA DE MONTRÉAL'S 7TH BENEFIT GALA
Another sort of soprano, Montreal's Aline Kutan, almost made a bel canto fan of me with her sweet-toned and superbly athletic rendition of Son Vergin Vezzosa from Bellini's I Puritani.
THE GAZETTE, MONTREAL Arthur Kaptainis 9/12/2002


DELIBES "LAKMÉ" LAKMÉ

MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE
Michigan Opera Theatre's welcome production of Lakmé was announced as a vehicle for French-repertory specialist Sumi Jo, singing her first-ever performances of the title role. When she withdrew two weeks before rehearsals began, opportunity fell squarely onto the shoulders of Aline Kutan, the Canadian soprano scheduled foe the alternate cast, who gamely undertook six performances of this technically difficult, stylistically elusive role over a nine-day stretch. It was a risky but triumphant move. Kutan had distinguished herself in the second cast of Anoush at MOT last fall, and it was good to re-encounter her in a role that gave greater leeway to her very substantial gifts: a lovely, coolly throbbing, silvery timbre; impressive technical command; a sure sense of style; and a winning, sympathetic stage presence. Her Bell Song dazzled sufficiently, but never without a sense of its purpose in the drama, and when, in the last act, she ingested the fatal datura, her last phrases had the lyrically scented evanescence of a delicate perfume wafted on the gentlest of breezes.
OPERA CANADA MAGAZINE Patrick Dillon Fall 2002


MOZART "DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE" DIE KÖNIGIN DER NACHT
L'OPÉRA DE METZ
On distinguera particulièrement l'excellent Reine de la Nuit d'Aline Kutan, vraie présence vocale et scénique.
OPERA INTERNATIONAL (#270) Thierry Guyenne 07/2002
Translation: One will distinguish the excellent Queen of the Night of Aline Kutan, a real vocal and scenique presence.


DIKRANIAN "ANOUSH" TITLE ROLE
MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE
In the title role, Canadian soprano Aline Kutan spun lovely, limpid lines of shimmering silver, and looked and acted the perfect Armenian girl next door, while her account of Anoush's extended mad scene made one forget, for the moment, Lucia's and Ophelia's.
OPERA CANADA MAGAZINE Patrick Dillon Spring 2002


STRAVINSKY "THE RAKE`S PROGRESS" ANNE TRULOVE
L'OPERA D'AVIGNON
Enfin Aline Kutan est apparue bouleversante dans l'humilité de son comportement comme dans la lumineuse sincérité de ses chants. En assistant son infidèle amant jusque dans les pires heures de la détresse, elle réussit une composition de Anne qui constitue l'un des sommets de cette création.
VAUCLUSE MATIN Claude Taelman 24/03/2002
Translation: Finally, Aline Kutan appeared very moving in the humility of her performance like in the luminous sincerity of her singing. Assisting her unfaithful lover until the worst hours of distress, she succeeds a composition of Anne that constitutes one of the pinnacles of this creation.

OFFENBACH "LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN" - OLYMPIA
L'OPERA DE MASSY (PARIS)
"Aline Kutan était parfaitement en situation en Olympia, vocalisant avec aisance, sachant orner, sans la défigurer, la reprise du fameux air de la poupée."
L'OPERA INTERNATIONAL, Philippe Thanh , 3/2000
Translation: [ " Aline Kutan was perfectly in situation as Olympia, vocalizing with ease, knowing how to ornament without disfiguring the refrain of the famous Doll's Aria."]

R.STRAUSS "ARIADNE AUF NAXOS" ZERBINETTA
TEATRO SAN CARLO DI NAPOLI - ITALY
"…e Aline Kutan, come Zerbinetta, questa per la cristallina purezza del suo belcanto."
IL MATTINO, Giovanni Carli Ballola, 24/02/2000
Translation: [.and Kutan, as Zerbinetta, for the crystalline purity of her belcanto]

R.STRAUSS "ARIADNE AUF NAXOS" ZERBINETTA
TEATRO SAN CARLO DI NAPOLI - ITALY
"La Zerbinetta di Aline Kutan ha tenuto testa a una parte micidiale, ed è stata la più applaudita della serata."
LA REPUBBLICA, Sandro Compagnone, 24/02/2000
Translation: [The Zerbinetta of Aline Kutan held-up to a to the test of a deadly part and was the most applauded of the evening.]


R.STRAUSS "ARIADNE AUF NAXOS" ZERBINETTA
TEATRO SAN CARLO DI NAPOLI - ITALY
"Eccelenti anche le altre interpreti femminili: Aline Kutan, una Zerbinetta che ha meritato gli applausi per il colore nella voce e un virtuosismo usato con intelligenza."
AVVENIRE, Virgilio Celletti, 23/02/2000
Translation: [Excellent also the other female singers: Aline Kutan, a Zerbinetta who merited the applauses for the color of her voice and a virtuosity used intelligently]

DELIBES -"LAKME"
L'OPÉRA DE MONTREAL
« Dans le rôle-titre, Aline Kutan fut l'héroïne de cette présentation. Chantant presque toujours sans regarder son lutrin …la belle jeune fille parvint à créer un personnage vraisemblable malgré les limites du concert, livra le texte dans un français impeccable, et projeta toujours fermement, mais avec naturel et délicatesse, une voix d'une absolue fraîcheur et d'une absolue justesse. Elle reçut une ovation à tout casser après son exécution aussi humaine qu'instrumentale du fameux air que tous attendaient. »
LA PRESSE (MONTREAL), Claude Gingras 24/01/2000
Translation: [ In the title-role, Aline Kutan was the heroine of this performance. Singing almost always without looking at her stand…the beautiful young lady succeeded in creating a genuine character despite the limits of the concert, delivered the text in an impeccable French and always projected firmly but naturally and delicately, a voice with an absolute freshness and an absolute accuracy. She received a grand ovation after her execution as human as instrumental of the famous aria that everyone was waiting for.]


DELIBES "LAKMÉ"
« Dans le rôle titre elle habitait sa Lakmé, se jouant de toutes les redoutables difficultés de la partition pour faire de la musique. Des vocalises à l'emporte-pièce jusqu'aux doucereux aveux de la brahmane, sa voix porte et flotte avec une magie quasi irréelle portant dans toute la salle. »
LE DEVOIR (MONTREAL), François Tousignant 24/01/2000
Translation : [ In the title-role, she was living her Lakme, playing with all the fearsome difficulties of the score to make music. With the cutting-edge vocalises until the sweet avowal of the brahmine, her voice carried and floated with an unreal magic carrying in the whole house.]


DELIBES "LAKMÉ"
"Aline Kutan attended brilliantly to all its ups and downs. Perhaps more critically to the over-all success of the performance, she made the melancholy ditties of the third act (in which she betrayed no trace of fatigue) seem sincerely expressive.
THE MONTREAL GAZETTE, Arthur Kaptainis 24/01/2000


MOZART "THE MAGIC FLUTE" THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
OPERA ORCHESTRA OF NEW YORK
TEMPLE OF DENDUR,
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
"Aline Kutan Queen of the Night was a stand-out; her bright, focused soprano and confident, accurate top would be an asset in this demented, demanding role in any house."
CLASSICAL SINGER, 12/1999


HANDEL - MESSIAH
BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC SYMPHONY
"Soprano Aline Kutan initially impressed as a sweet, pretty voice, but revealed progressively greater vocal and interpretive strength, with superb attention to vocal detail in Rejoice Greatly and a lovely, floating sustained line in I Know That My Redeemer Liveth."
THE BUFFALO NEWS, Herman Trotter 12/05/1999


MOZART "MASS IN C MINOR"
(MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA)
NOTRE DAME BASILICA
'No Minor Mozart Mass'
"The quartet of Canadian soloists were led by the coloratura soprano Aline Kutan who managed to fill the church in her two big solos in what is known in trapeze circles as the greatest of ease. Retaining a touch of velvet even in full flight, this singing left little to be desired."
THE MONTREAL GAZETTE, Arthur Kaptainis, 3/04/1999


MOZART "DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE" QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
L'OPERA DE MASSY - FRANCE
"Lumineuse Reine de la Nuit, Aline Kutan pétrie d'humanité son insolence vocale. Durant sa courte mais délicate prestation, elle ne perd aucune note et propose un chant subtil, raffiné."
LA POPULAIRE DU CENTRE (Massy-Paris), J.-F.Julien, 29/03/1999

CONCERT FOR JEUNESSES MUSICALES
Aline Kutan.... is a high soprano with apparently unlimited access to the stratospheric perfect fifth above high C. She gave secure performances of the Bell Song from Lakmé and Mozart's punishing Vorrei Spiegarvi K.418."
THE MONTREAL GAZETTE, Arthur Kaptainis 11/09/1998


R.STRAUSS "ARIADNE AUF NAXOS" ZERBINETTA
THEATRE DU CAPITOLE DE TOULOUSE -FRANCE
Aline Kutan se déploie merveilleusement dans les ascensions mieux spiralées de Zerbinette: idéale mieux qu'aucune autre, une fois évoqué le souvenir de l'incomparable Edita Gruberova.
OPERA INTERNATIONAL, 06/1998
Translation: ["Aline Kutan displays herself marvelously in Zerbinetta's ascending spirals, bringing to mind a comparison to none other than the incomparable Edita Gruberova"]


R.STRAUSS "ARIADNE AUF NAXOS" ZERBINETTA

THEATRE DU CAPITOLE DE TOULOUSE -FRANCE
Vocalises, trilles, roulades et contre-ré: la longue scène de Zerbinette, comédienne frivole, est un feu d'artifice vocal. Il est magnifiquement tiré par Aline Kutan.
L'EXPRESS, Franck Erikson 7/05/1998
Translation: ["Vocalises, trills, runs and a high D: the long scene of Zerbinetta, of the frivolous actress, is one of vocal fireworks. It is magnificantly delivered by Aline Kutan."]


R.STRAUSS "ARIADNE AUF NAXOS" ZERBINETTA

THEATRE DU CAPITOLE DE TOULOUSE -FRANCE
.Aline Kutan est une Zerbinetta de chair et de son- le son quasi miraculeux de ses vocalisesacrobatiques, lancées avec un aplomb et en même temps une finesse.
L'OPINION INDEPENDANTE, Laurent de Caunes 1/05/1998
Translation: ["Aline Kutan is a Zerbinetta of substance and sound -the miraculous sound of her acrobatic vocalises, launched with confidence and finesse."]


J.STRAUSS "DIE FLEDERMAUS" ADELE
OPERA ONTARIO
The Singing was divine. Kutan's rendition of the perennial Laughing Aria was a wistful combination of all the best theater and music jointly offer."
THE RECORD (KITCHENER), Colleen Johnston, 06/12/1997


J.STRAUSS "DIE FLEDERMAUS" ADELE
OPERA ONTARIO
"Aline Kutan displayed the formidable coloratura as Adele, the soubrette, that made her a winner at the 1995 Metropolitan Opera auditions."
THE GLOBE AND THE MAIL, Paula Citron 24/11/1997


J.STRAUSS "DIE FLEDERMAUS" ADELE
OPERA ONTARIO
"Aline Kutan as Adele is vocally stunning."
THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR, Hugh Fraser 24/11/1997


STRAVINSKY "THE RAKE'S PROGRESS" ANNE TRULOVE
L'OPERA DE METZ -FRANCE
"La petite mais très delicate et transparente voix d`Aline Kutan (Anne Trulove), d'une ligne impeccable, est la seule, à faire vraiment passer un souffle de fraîcheur et de poésie fidèle à l'esprit stravinskien."
L'OPERA INTERNATIONAL, François Lehel, 07/97
Translation: ["The small but very delicate and transparent voice of Aline Kutan (Anne Trulove), with an impeccable line is the only one to really pass a breath of freshness and stay true to the poetry of stravinskien spirit."]


MOZART "DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE" QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

L'OPERA DE TOURS - FRANCE
"A toute reine tout honneur, est-on tenté d'écrire, tant Aline Kutan, confrontée aux difficultés au pied desquelles toute reine de la nuit se sait attendue, déjoue les obstacles de la partition."
LA NOUVELLE REPUBLIQUE DU CENTRE-OUEST, (France) 21/4/1997


GOUNOD "LA COLOMBE" SYLVIE
L'OPÉRA FRANÇAIS DE NEW YORK
"Her name is Aline Kutan (Sylvie), and she is tiny & round & adorable with flashing dark eyes and a baby-doll mouth from which floats the most adorable voice: like a combination of young Mesplé and young Popp. The sound "speaks instantly like a glass harmonica, and she is capable of both smooth legato and sparkly-clean coloratura--and both effects come from the same voice with no sense of turning a switch. She is also a delightful actress with real star quality."
PARTERRE BOX issue #25, James Jorden


GOUNOD "LA COLOMBE" SYLVIE
L'OPÉRA FRANÇAIS DE NEW YORK
"Kutan's saucy Sylvie was a tour de force of smart acting and stunning singing, up to the impressive standard she set at her February 16 Place des Arts recital."
THE MIRROR (MONTREAL), Philip Anson 04/1997


GOUNOD "LA COLOMBE" SYLVIE
L'OPÉRA FRANÇAIS DE NEW YORK
"...Aline Kutan, a coloratura of crystalline high notes"
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Paul Griffiths, 25/03/1997

DELIBES "LAKMÉ"
ARIZONA OPERA
"Coloratura ALINE KUTAN takes 'LAKME' to Scintillating Heights"
"The coloratura on stage...was Aline Kutan, and she was superb, often dizzying in her show of vocal display. Kutan's performance of the famous Bell song ..., with its rapid succession of high notes, was scintillating. Her Flower Duet...floated and soared. But most of all, the less spectacular, technically more reticent but expressively more demanding third-act aria,..was rich and warm -- not qualities generally associated with Kutan's voice type."
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, Kenneth LaFave, 19/10/1996


DELIBES "LAKMÉ"
ARIZONA OPERA
"...as she rendered that masterpiece (Bell Song) I had chills up and down my spine and willingly entered into the enthusiastic applause as she finished!...And never have I heard a more perfect blending of voices than in the first act duet of Kutan and mezzo-soprano Donna Ames....it was awesomely beautiful!"
GREEN VALLEY NEWS AND SUN, Gordon Gray, 16/10/1996


DELIBES "LAKMÉ"
ARIZONA OPERA
"From the beginning of Act I, when she was heard in an ethereal chant offstage -soaring over the chorus - she set the tone of the opera. She displayed a limpid lyrical voice in a lullaby at her lover's sickbed and in the love duets, as well as a facile command of the coloratura gymnastics required for the role. In the well-known "Bell Song", which is sort of a show within the show, she rang the rafters with the power and agility of her delivery, leaping to the proper pitches with extraordinary precision."
DAILY STAR, Edward Kupperstin, 13/10/1996


DELIBES "LAKMÉ"
ARIZONA OPERA
"Bells tarnished green with envy as Aline Kutan skipped through the "Bell Song" from Delibes' opera "Lakmé". Like a jewel, Kutan sparkled dazzlingly through the coloratura display, singing with crisp precision and clarity, while making it all seem as easy as a country stroll. The crowd...shouted its unanimous approval. Kutan stole the show in her title-role portrayal of the cherished daughter... And as impressive as her agile vocals were, the equally important lyrical side of the taxing role was handled with the same easy grace. As an actress, Kutan shone, imparting her character's strong emotions and deep heart".
THE CITIZEN, Daniel Buckley, 12/10/1996


MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
GLIERE'S CONCERTO FOR A COLORATURA SOPRANO OP.82
"Le plus beau moment fût sûrement la prestation impeccable du soprano Aline Kutan qui a imposé aux spectateurs un silence magnifique. Imitant à quelques occasions le chant des oiseaux, sa voix claire est montée dans le ciel et je crois bien que la foule était subjugée au point où elle en a oublié de respirer...La douceur de son chant était telle qu'on n'osait plus prendre de photos, de peur que le déclic de l'appareil ne casse le charme fragile qu'elle établissait avec ceux qui l'écoutaient..."
LA RELEVE (VERCHERES), Daniel Bastin 03/08/1996
Translation: ["The best moment was without doubt the impeccable performance by soprano Aline Kutan whose singing held the audience in a magnificent silence. At times imitating the sound of birds, her clear voice rose to the sky and I was sure that the audience had been bewitched to the point where they forgot to breathe. The gentleness of her singing was such that we didn't dare take any photos for the fear that the click of the camera would break the fragile charm she had established with her listeners..."]


OPERA HAMILTON 'POPERA'
"...In her hesitant and blushingly adolescent interpretation, (Kutan) made you remember that Gilda...is only an innocent teen with a crush. In her belt-like voice, Kutan at moments used this famous aria as a prayer. This along with her breathless 'pal-pi-ta' and Lipton's loving, take-your-time conducting, made for a stunning performance."
THE (KITCHENER) RECORD, Colleen Johnston, 28/01/1996

OPERA HAMILTON 'POPERA'
"This evening belonged to a shining new star of opera, Aline Kutan, who thrilled the capacity audience with every note she sang.... (Conductor) Lipton blended all the colors of the orchestra so exquisitely with the gossamer brilliance of Aline Kutan's soprano...that it was like a painter's canvas on which Delibes was painting the delicate lines of the music. Before that we had been treated to Kutan's coloratura purity in a version of the Bell Aria that literally rang every ear in the house...Nothing could take away from Aline Kutan's absolutely brilliant coloratura and mime in the doll song from The Tales of Hoffman. It was the most brilliant piece of singing and acting that we have seen for many years at Popera."
THE (HAMILTON) SPECTATOR, Hugh Fraser, 26/01/19962002


MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA STANDARD LIFE CONCERT
"Aline avait choisi le premier air de la Reine de la Nuit, qui ne contient qu'un contre-fa alors que le deuxième et plus connu en contient quatre. Choix prudent? Chose certaine, la jeune fille a atteint son fa aigu sans problèmes et elle a exécuté sans peine ses rapides mélismes en doubles croches. Voici, à n'en pas douter, un vrai coloratura, comme l'a ensuite confirmé son exécution du long solo sans accompagnement qui ouvre "l'Air des Clochettes" de Lakmé. A ces qualités de base s'ajoutent une voix belle et juste, une interprétation qui a du caractère et une radieuse personalité scénique. Une future star, aucun doute là-dessus."
LA PRESSE (MONTREAL), Claude Gingras, 12/1993
Translation: [ "Aline Kutan chose the first Queen of the Night aria which contains only one high F whereas the second and more well known aria contains four. A wise choice? Absolutely. The young girl reached the F without any problem and she painlessly executed the rapid sixteenth-note melismas. Her voice is, without doubt, a true coloratura, which she confirmed with her performance of the long unaccompanied solo that opens the "Bell Song" by Lakmé. To these basic qualities add a lovely and true voice, an interpretation full of character and a radiant stage personality. No doubt about it, she'll be a future star."]


MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA STANDARD LIFE CONCERT
"The surprise of the afternoon was Aline Kutan. She sang an aria from Mozart's Magic Flute very well, but her interpretation of the 'Bell Song' from Delibes' opera Lakmé was absolutely ravishing. Her steady, attractive voice showed excellent control in this difficult piece, which she rendered with sensitivity and amazing dynamic nuances. Kutan may be an operatic star in the making."
THE (MONTREAL) GAZETTE, Ilse Zadrozny, 12/6/1993