Arts & Entertainment /Opera

Livermore native Kathleen Magee, as Gilda brings to mind rivers in the Rockies, with clarity and crispness underlying her instinctive, tender performance style.

- Lou Francher, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, CA

Characterizing Gilda as the sweet, innocent girl she is, Magee sang the runs and coloratura simply, sensitively, and purely, with a crystalline, bell-like quality, without theatricality or acrobatics.

- Sarah Bobson, The Independent, Livermore, CA

Ravishing, Rich Rigoletto at Livermore Valley Opera

Magee, a Livermore hometown girl with New York City Opera credits, grew in vocal warmth and stature as the evening progressed. Her duets with the Duke and especially Rigoletto were beautifully, caressingly done. The father-daughter confession in Act 2, Piangi, fanciula, was wonderfully tender and true.

- Steven Winn, San Francisco Classical Voice, San Francisco, CA

Another Day, Another ‘Carmen’

A thoroughly welcome singer was Kathleen Magee, the soprano doing Frasquita. What easy and refreshing (high) C’s!

- Jay Nordlinger, NY Sun, New York, NY

Mozart's Cutting Edge

Kathleen Magee is a perfectly drawn Barbarina.                                           

- Fred Kirshnit, NY Sun, New York, NY

WSO’s Don Giovanni Far Exceeded Expectations

Kathleen Magee had the sweet and innocent sound that Zerlina requires. For a light lyric soprano she had a remarkable consistency in vocal quality throughout her entire range, and she was always audible in the ensemble due to the scintillating timbre of her voice.                            

- Brad Tinfow, The Westfield Leader, Westfield, NJ

Talent and Teamwork:

Opera and Ballet deliver an uninhibited Carmina Burana.

He is answered by the clear, sweet soprano of Kathleen Magee.

 - Thomas B Harrison, Mobile Register, Mobile, AL

‘Elixir’ a potent potion

Adina, wonderfully portrayed by clear-as-a-bell-voiced soprano Kathleen Magee.

-Ann Hicks, Arts Writer, Greenville News

Musicians Join Forces on an epic Alfred

Magee made a delightful, lighthearted shepherdess with a sweet, accurately placed voice.

- Ron Emery, Times Union, Albany, NY

Strong singing carries opera selections

The selections from Haydn's rarely performed Orlando Paladino were a pure delight...soprano Kathleen Magee displayed superb coloratura in the aria Gentle Breezes and returned in the role of Nedda to commandingly sing two selections from Pagliacci, finishing on a tape-your-window high note.

- Jan Jezioro, The Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY

A Promising Gilda

Of particular note was Kathleen Magee as Gilda. This soprano a member of the company's Young Artist Studio, stepped into the challenging assignment with remarkable poise and vocal polish. Her bright, clear, sweet tone and thoughtful phrasing yielding a fetching Caro nome; her acting likewise persuasive. A very promising singer. 

 - Tim Smith, Sun-Sentinal, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

A second look at Rigoletto

The duets in the second act, first with the Rigoletto and then with the Duke, were very moving, filled with the strengths of her voice, gentle high notes, resourceful lower range and touching expression. Magee has a future to look forward to.

- John Sayers, Eastsider, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Marriage of Figaro a crowd pleaser at Ash Lawn

Kathleen Magee reveled in the soprano role of Susanna. She has an open clear voice, well animated, and her characterization was well thought out and consistently realized.

- John T. Roberts, The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA

Opera sweetly strings audience along

There were many highlights: The duets between Gilda and Rigoletto (Kathleen Magee and Mark Almy), and the quartet in the third act. The Caro nome performed by Magee received the most applause, and deservedly so. She has the voice, looks and personality of the sweet daughter she portrayed.

- Ariel Witbeck, The Valley Times, Livermore, CA

Review of E'lisir d'amore

Kathleen Magee is a pert and sparkling Giannetta.

- Edgar Loessin, WHRO Radio, Charlottesville, VA

Die Fledermaus - full of mirth and music

Kathleen Magee was altogether engaging as the sprightly Adele.

- Daniel Kasle, Indiana Jewish Post and Opinion, Indianapolis, IN