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Soprano, Julie Ziavras

April 5, 2016 by Dr. James Cotter, for The Times Herald Record
"Julie Ziavras delights at Grand Montgomery"

"Soprano Julie Ziavras is well known in the Hudson Valley for her splendid voice and wide repertory... During the concert, she sang in six languages to the delight of her enthusiastic capacity audience... The soprano's high notes captured the true sense of tragedy... a wonderful afternoon of high-class entertainment by first-class performers."

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December 9, 2015 by Dr. James Cotter, for The Times Herald Record
"New and traditional holiday music by Chorale"

"Guest soloist, Julie Ziavras, lent her lovely voice to the outstanding annual celebration of the season.... her distinctive, resonant soprano... with strong soprano tones heading the full chorale."

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August 14, 2009 by Dr. James Cotter, for The Times Herald Record
"Singing, acting elevate DVO La Boheme"

"Soprano Julie Ziavras fits the role of Mimi like one of the embroidered flowers Mimi fashions for a living. Her expressive voice and face spell out the pathos and beauty of the dying heroine from the first ‘Yes, I'm known as Mimi’  to her final testament of love.  She is especially strong on the high notes of the melodic theme identified with her and in the conflicting emotions of her ‘Farewell.’The duets between the lovers are sung with dramatic verve and virtuosity."

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August 13, 2009 by Jonathan Fox, for The River Reporter
"Angst by any other name: 'La Boheme' and 'Rent'- a tale of two cities"

"... have incredible range and deliver strong, powerful renditions of Puccini's lush and romantic scores."

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April 21, 2009 by Dr. James Cotter, for The Times Herald Record
"Musical Cummings proves most engaging"

"Ziavras brings her lovely soprano to 'suppose I dreamed this'... the celebratory 'what if a much' takes wings in Ziavras' version... Ziavras offers a haunting interpretation of the elegiac 'children singing in stone.' ...the singer-actors radiate such intelligence, comedy and imagination that this is a must-see production for all who love poetry and theater."

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August 7, 2008 by Tom Kane, for The River Reporter
"The DVO production of Don Giovanni fills the house to overflowing"

"In the role of Donna Anna was soprano Julie Ziavras, who wowed us in DVO's production of 'La Perichole' last season, wowing us again in this flamboyant portrayal of the wronged woman, resonating with piercing soprano anger that made the audience visibly shiver."

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August 5, 2008 by Marcus Kalipolites, for The Times Herald Record
"First-rate version of 'Don Giovanni' a DVO hit"

"Ziavras captures the fury of Anna with a pungent richness to her dynamic voice as well as expressive face and body language."

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May 6, 2008 by Marcus Kalipolites, for The Times Herald Record
"A Happy 100th Grand Montgomery event: Ziavras and Margoshes combine for a lovely concert"

"Ziavras exhibited noteworthy talent... a wide range of feelings throughout... While in the prayerful 'An Die Musik' by Schubert, she conveyed warm feelings, in the following 'Gretchen am Spinnrade,' Ziavras was dramatic and expressive... 'Granda'..received a splendid treatment by Ziavras... she was especially engaging and expansive with Kurt Weill song 'Lost in the Stars' before graciously fading out at the end... The program concluded with a medley of Broadway songs... and a rollick
ing 'I Could Have Danced All Night' by Lerner and Loewe that brought the series to a rousing close."

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July 31, 2007 by Marcus Kalipolites, for The Times Herald Record
"How sweet the sounds of La Perichole"

"Coloratura (high-wire acrobatic singing) never sounded better in the hills of Sullivan County as Julie Ziavras, in the title role, displayed florid passages, trills, glissan
dos and sustained tones on high as her character exults in "waking up" in the Viceroy's palace."

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July 25, 2007 by Tom Kane, for The River Reporter
"DVO's La Perichole"

"The DVO’s production of this operetta delighted the audience... The main reason, although not the only one, was the tour-de-force performance of the soprano who played La Perichole, Julie Ziavras. She had the required coquettishness of a soprano in a buffo production like this one, the figure, the beauty, the charm and the panache, b
ut she had more than that. She had a commanding voice and an energetic presence on stage."
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November 21, 2006 by Marcus Kalipolites, for The Times Herald Record
"An enjoyable afternoon with 'Margoshes & Friends"

"To this epic style of music, Ziavras brought a voice glowing with a wide range of nuances, including rich golden tones, elegant phrasing and radiant expression."

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November, 2006 (page 2) by Barry Plaxen, Publisher for The Delaware & Hudson CANVAS
Julie Ziavras as Julie in "Show Boat" with The Opera Company of the Highlands

"Though frequent classical, Greek and folk concertgoers in the area are aware of Julie Ziavras' wonderful singing, in
Show Boat she surprised us all with her 'acting' the song 'Bill'. Ziavras did not slowly lead up to the magic moment of the song as most singers do, by getting more and more serious about 'her man' until the 'I don't know' climax, but sang the entire song tongue-in-cheek, with humor, until that magic moment. It was her surprise at her own discovery that she could not explain why she loved him, instead of, as others do, merely informing us she could not find the words to tell us why she loved him. A very clever approach to the song."

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October 10, 2006 by Dr. James F. Cotter for The Times Herald Record
Julie Ziavras as Julie in "Show Boat" with The Opera Company of the Highlands

"Her 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man' and 'Bill' rang out with tenderness and high sincerity in her richly colorful soprano."

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October 25, 2005 by Dr. James F. Cotter for The Times Herald Record
Julie Ziavras as Rosalinda in "Die Fledermaus", with The Opera Company of the Highlands

"Ziavras uses her rich soprano to soar in the high ranges and fill the scenes with drama."

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March 18, 2003: by Dr. James F. Cotter for The Times Herald Record

"Ziavras masters the most difficult instrument. Soprano Julie Ziavras wowed her Montgomery listeners with her versatile voice and the variety of her repertoire... highlighted the afternoon with her warm and compelling voice, appealing presence and wide range of repertoire… Opera, art songs, lieder, contemporary music written especially for her, poetry and folk songs offered ample evidence of her dramatic sense of style and personable interpretations…She sang more than 20 songs in six languages and poured her full energy into each number with virtuosity and verve… Ziavras displayed a firm coloratura in her phrasing and treble… Her version of Puccini's "Song of Doretta" from "La Rondine" was beautiful and moving..."

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link to newspaper archive: http://www.recordonline.com/archive/2003/03/18/concert1.htm

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