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Vanessa - The Old Baroness

As the Old Baroness Rosalind Plowright effects an imposing, often forbidding presence even when silent, garnishing the singing part of her role with her wonderful fruity mezzo.
Stephen Pettitt - The Sunday Times - Aug 2018

The three women have the aura of screen goddesses.... Rosalind Plowright prowls threateningly as the taciturn Old Baroness.
Richard Fairman - Financial Times - Aug 2018

Standing out from the surround are Rosalind Plowright as the dignified, taciturn Old Baroness who knows far more than she lets on...
George Hall - The Independent - Aug 2018

Rosalind Plowright strikingly suggests a woman whose view of the present is haunted by the sadness of her own memories
Tim Ashley - The Guardian - Aug 2018

Rosalind Plowright magisterial as the taciturn Old Baroness;
Yehuda Shapiro - The Stage - Aug 2018

The Old Baroness is principally a silent watcher who doesn’t have much to sing, but some of her interventions come at crucial moments and Rosalind Plowright made the most of them: her retort to Erika that “he saw your money before he saw your eyes” was the most telling line of the evening.
David Karlin - Bachtrack - Aug 2018

The action revolves round three women, played here by .... and Rosalind Plowright (The Old Baroness, whose stony silence towards daughter and grand-daughter is another mystery).
Barry Millington - Evening Standard - Aug 2018

Rosalind Plowright makes her presence felt in the role of the Old Baroness, Vanessa's mother, who sings only to those who connect to life.
David Nice - artsdesk.com - Aug 2018

The Old Baroness (Rosalind Plowright) looks on with silent, icy disdain.
Fiona Maddocks - The Observer - Aug 2018

Rosalind Plowright, who makes The Old Baroness a model of self-righteous piety
Sam Smith - Musicomh - Aug 2018

Looking on was Rosalind Plowright's iron-backed Old Baroness. When she did speak, every word counted, and throughout the opera Plowright's eyes, facial expressions and rigid body language told us everything. In this production, it was clear that whilst the Old Baroness could see clearly what was happening in the present, she was also seeing and remembering the past, and perhaps introducing her own regret at how she had allowed the past to create the present.
Robert Hugill - Planet Hugill - Aug 2018

Rosalind Plowright’s frozen Baroness, — stealing the honours
Neil Fisher - The Times - Aig 2018

and her mother the Old Baroness (the latter sung by Rosalind Plowright on fabulous dowager form)
Mark Valencia - Whatsonstage.com - Aug 2018

and Rosalind Plowright and Donnie Ray Albert etch strong cameos as Vanessa’s mother and the family doctor.
Rupert Christiansen- Daily Telegraph - Aug 2018

As a result, the Baroness, in the hands of the superb Rosalind Plowright, became the most compelling character onstage, rather than the usual icy enigma. We seemed at times to see her aging before our eyes, and Plowright made her emotional distress gut-wrenching.
Opera News - Brian Kellow - Nov 2016

But it’s Rosalind Plowright as the Old Baroness, the elderly matriarch who has Anatol’s measure from the start, who walks off with both vocal and acting honours.
The Guardian - George Hall - Oct 2016

Rosalind Plowright is a formidable Old Baroness
Daily Telegraph - John Allison - Oct 2016

Rosalind Plowright, as the Old Baroness, sang really magnificently. Plowright's performance was spell-binding, wonderfully acted and perfectly registered.
Opera Now - January 2017

Even then, the evening was almost stolen by Rosalind Plowright as the old Baroness. It isn't a large part, and she never tried to upstage or outshine anyone - indeed, she often barely moved - but it was impossible to take one's eyes off this great artist.
Opera - Geoffrey Wheatcroft - Jan 2017

As her grandmother, Rosalind Plowright swept all before her: she has little to sing (the Old Baroness is barely on speaking terms with her daughter, although, here, their reconciliation as Vanessa leaves is profoundly touching), but you can’t take your eyes off her, even when she is silent, the mark of a great artist now enjoying her “third” career as a top-of-the-range cameo performer.
Sunday Times - Hugh Canning - Nov 2016

The Old Baroness (Rosalind Plowright) .... Plowright's stillness .... married to vivid sung characterisations.
The Times - Anna Picard - Nov 2016

Stealing several scenes, however, is mezzo Rosalind Plowright as the stiff-backed, taciturn Old Baroness, a role she plays to perfection.
The Stage - George Hall - Oct 2016

... the Baroness, played by the eminent Rosalind Plowright.
Irish Examiner - Cathy Desmond - Nov 2016

Rosalind Plowright as the Baroness has very little to sing but her silent painting and penetrating stares spoke volumes.
Bachtrack - Andrew larkin - Oct 2016

Auch die Omnipräsenz der alten Baronin als Beobachterin wird regelrecht hörbar, wobei die musikalische Dramatik mehr über die Gefühle der alten Baronin aussagen als der gesungene Text. Rosalind Plowright zeichnet die alte Baronin mit großartiger Mimik und bescheidenen Gesten als eine zutiefst verbitterte Frau, die ihre Gefühle in ihre Malerei projiziert. Erst als Vanessa am Ende das Haus verlässt, zeigt sie einen kurzen Moment ihre Gefühle für ihre Tochter und drückt sie einmal kurz an sich, bevor sie anschließend sofort wieder ihre Maske der Unnahbarkeit aufsetzt. Stimmlich gefällt Plowright mit großen dramatischen Ausbrüchen, wenn sie im zweiten Akt um ihre Enkelin Erika besorgt ist, weil diese in die kalte Nacht hinausgelaufen ist.
Translation:
The omnipresence of the old Baroness as an observer was palpably audible, although the drama in the music tells more about her feelings than just her sung text. Rosalind Plowright portrays her as a deeply embittered woman - who expresses her feelings through her painting. Only at the end, when Vanessa leaves the house, does she demonstrate for a brief moment her feelings for her daughter, - and embraces her briefly, before donning again her mask of
inaccessibility. Plowright's most impressive vocal moment comes in the 2nd Act, when she gives vent to her anxiety, that her granddaughter Erika has wandered out into the cold night).
Online Musik Magazin - Thomas Molke - Nov 2016

Rosalind Plowright gave life to the Baroness, her strong voice denouncing the passage of time.
Seen and Heard - José M. Irurzun - Nov 2016

her grandmother was played by the veteran Rosalind Plowright - formidable indeed.
Brian Dickie - Blog - Nov 2016

Rosalind Plowright, baronne filiforme d'un chic absolu, dont le rôle le plus souvent muet n'obère en rien la présence, évidente, soprano puis mezzo-soprano désormais admise dans cette caste de chanteuse auxquelles il suffit d'apparaître pour capter l’attention, une de celles dont on glisse le nom au détour d’une conversation, suscitant autant d'envie que de jalousie par cette simple confidence « je l'ai vue », diva hier - par la seule force d'une Leonora discographique alors contestée aux côtés de Placido Domingo sous la direction de Carlo Maria Giulini - et à présent divine.
Forumoper.com - Christophe Rizoud - Nov 2016

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