REVIEWS

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“A lyric soprano with a sweet, agile voice, Van Roekel was an ideal Rosina....She made everything seem so effortless and used some different and very interesting vocal ornamentation in her solos. Tall, slender and with fine features, she also looked as good as she sounded.”

---Peter Wynne
New Jersey Star-Ledger

“Amy Van Roekel was exquisite as Rosina...Not only was she able to cleverly and beautifully ornament her famous first aria, ‘Una voce poco fa,’ she was lively and animated on stage. Remember her name and search her out. She is a truly wonderful talent.”

---Albert H. Cohen
Asbury Park Press

“...Rosina is given the most curvaceous, twirling lines of Rossini’s ornamented music. Amy van Roekel’s bright soprano spun them out fluently. Rossini’s florid lines need precision to speak...her sparkling vocal technique stood up to theirs [the leading men].”

---Elaine Guregian
Akron Beacon Journal


“....soprano Amy van Roekel, whose clear, light and well-focused voice was well projected in ‘Rejoice Greatly’ and later, during the sweet cantillation in the exquisite ‘I Know that My Redeemer Liveth.’”

---Herman Trotter
The Buffalo News
(review of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Messiah)

“Soprano Amy van Roekel...opened up to reveal a beautiful, clear voice with impressive agility... her charming portrayal of Eve brought a sparkle to her eyes.”

---Lee Teply
The Virginia-Pilot
(review of Virginia Symphony Orchestra
The Creation)

“Soprano Amy van Roekel is aptly cast as the angel in the ‘Shepherds abiding in the fields’ sequence, which she caps beautifully with a spritely dash through the ‘Rejoice, Greatly’ minefield. She also contributes a deeply felt ‘I Know that My Redeemer Liveth’ at the beginning of Part III.”

---Phil Greenfield
The Baltimore Sun
(review of Columbia Pro Cantare
Messiah)

“Van Roekel brought some fresh sweetness to the soprano part”

---Tim Page
The Washington Post
(review of Master Chorale of Washington
Messiah)

“Throughout the program Van Roekel showed the full gamut of her vocal talents. She has the kind of light, lyric soprano capable of a wide range of beautiful tones that soar especially well in the upper registers.”

---James R. Powell
Kalamazoo Gazette
(review of solo recital)


“Amy Van Roekel convincingly projected Alexandra’s gradual realization of her mother’s true nature and her aversion to the thick-witted Leo.”

---E. Thomas Glasow
Opera News
(review of Chautauqua’s Regina)

“The star is soprano Amy Van Roekel...a lovely singer and accomplished actress.”

---Joseph McLellan
The Washington Post
(review of Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia
The Secret of Susanna/Madeleine)

“...van Roekel as the wife [Susanna] was an engaging actor and singer.... [Madeleine] van Roekel was the shining star of this piece with her voice easily outclassing and overpowering her 3 male counterparts.”

---Judith Byrne
Intermission Arts News
(review of Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia
The Secret of Susanna/Madeleine)


“Van Roekel soloed with limpid tone and agile high notes in ‘Caro nome’ from Rigoletto

---Joseph McLellan
The Washington Post
(review of Fairfax Symphony concert)