Jessye Wright's Portrait

Below is a list of reviews.

”Jessye Wright made an alluring Maddalena …” [Verdi Rigoletto]
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
”Jessye Wright is shimmeringly radiant as his fairy mother Iolanthe…”
Steadstyle Chicago
”Iolanthe was played by Jessye Wright, who is a natural. Her mezzo-soprano voice was unforced, she moved with utmost grace, and she is a fine actress.”
Pioneer Press
”Jessye Wright brings great panache to her role as the worldy wise chanteuse…”
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
”Full orchestral statement gave way to the first imploring vocal passages…to be echoed, enhanced and developed by…outstanding soloist, Jessye Wright.”
Nikki Hasden, Chattanooga Times-Free Press
”…Mezzo Jessye Wright, a superb professional whom I thought was the best dramatic performer…, [sang] a dazzling performance of “Una voce poco fa,” [Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia]
John Rizzo, Fra Noi
”Mezzo-soprano Jessye Wright sang ‘He shall feed his flock’ with feeling, and her ‘Oh death where is they sting?’ duet … was nicely balanced. … she does have a rich trill.”
Julie Jensen, The Argus (Rock Island, Illinois)
”For me the star of the show was Jessye Wright, in the role of the witch, both with her power and when she loses her power. She grew in her role right up to the end … when she is center stage. A character role such as the witch takes a little something special, and she has it. We are certain to see her again.” [Sondheim Into the Woods]
Janet Lee, Hillsdale Daily News
”And as for Wright, she brought an entirely new dimension to the production…she was working deftly throughout to round her scenes out to perfection. She commanded the stage with every work and gesture, and her voice, a vibrant mezzo-soprano, deepened the impression she made” [Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus]
Susannah Luthi, Hillsdale Collegian
”Baritone James Martin and mezzo Jessye Wright made a fine couple of R-rated cats.”
Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times
”The best comic moments came courtesy of James Martin and Jessye Wright as two amorous felines, realized with a relish that Halle Berry would have admired.”
Michael Cameron, Chicago Tribune