Michal Shamir

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La Traviata - Opera North

"Opera North's 'La Traviata' is beautifully revived - with a triumphant new Violetta... Michal Shamir conveys a marvelous flirtatiousness in her opening party, and makes your heart stop when she gets to the dramatic crux, because she suggests emotion and affection with such genuine poignancy and precise colour ... her Violetta triumphantly sustained and explored the drama..." -The Guardian

"The cast led by the Israeli soprano Michal Shamir in her British debut, was highly promising ... She has all the notes for Violetta, and a really useful, warmly coloured middle and lower register ... the role was accurately and intelligently sung." -The Times

"The Israeli soprano, Michal Shamir's British debut brought us a Violetta of high intelligence, an interpretation that developed grippingly ... the warm colours of her middle and low register pointed at an impressive Violetta..." -The Sunday Telegraph

Eugene Onegin - Theatre Municipale Lausanne

"Michal Shamir as a Tatjana of great precision and delivery ... She is both strong and fragile, naive and Grande-Dame, passionate and ice cold - Pushkin's heroine to her fingertips ... " -Le Monde

"Michal Shamir as Tatjana, moving, impassioned, draws her forces to the limit in the torments of the final scene. Her voice, extremely subtle and agile, accurate in pitch and shimmering in timbre, is most suited for the passionate, vulnerable figure, packing the letter scene with overwhelming emotion..." -Art et Fuge

"Michal Shamir's Tatjana offered a portrait of repressed passion - pale and anorexic at the start, a girl with a Mills and Boon idea of love. The naive obsession of the letter scene was powerfully conveyed, verging on hysteria in the exchanges with Filipyevna. This was the dramatic watershed of the performance." -Financial Times

"Michal Shamir's Tatjana, dark timbered, intense, a kin to the Chekhovian Seagull..."   - Classic FM

Jenufa - Essen

"Fascinating and deeply moving, Michal Shamir sings and acts a phenomenally differentiated Jenufa. Triumphant, jubilant notes, a marvelous timbre and a moving capacity of expression, an indeed rare combination." -N.R.Z

"The Israeli soprano Michal Shamir portrays the tribulations of Jenufa's tormented soul with great lyrical finesse, accentuated by a dramatic power of vocal expansion..." -Westfalenpost

"Michal Shamir is an extremely fragile Jenufa, equipped with an extraordinary dark and strong timbre..." -Deutsche Welle, DLF Köln

The Consul - Volksoper Wien

"Michal Shamir, a performer of great lyric intensity, manages to transform instantly all possible clichés into valid, authentic, heartfelt human sensations ... " -Sueddeutsche Zeitung

"Michal Shamir unfold the fate of Magda Sorel with psychological consistency and impressive vocal ability ... " -Krone

"First and foremost, the vocally excellent, stirring, tragic portrayal of Magda Sorel by Michal Shamir .... " -Die Presse

"Magda Sorel is portrayed by Michal Shamir with disarming devotion ... " -Der Standard

Mahagonny - Theatre Municipale Lausanne

"Michal Shamir finds the exact differentiating tone between melancholic illusion and unmasking sentimentality, a differentiation which allowed the  surreal to finally clash with the real ... " -Neue Zurcher Zeitung

"Michal Shamir is a Jenny of exquisite vocal differentiation ... " -Basler Zeitung

"Michal Shamir's easy-going Jenny, slender in tone and figure, made the Alabama song linger in the memory long after the performance - she has just the right cool, smoky allure for the part." -Financial Times

"Jenny is portrayed by the bitter-sweet Michal Shamir, subtly declining any naive or manipulative mannerisms ... " -24 Heures

"Michal Shamir as Jenny Hill finds just the right balance between operatic lyricism and song placativity ... " -Der Bund

Wozzeck - Staedtische Buehnen Augsburg

"... a captivating Marie. The way in which she felt and filled Berg's music, the manner in which she sovereignly portrays the strong,  yet so vulnerable woman offered an extraordinary theatrical achievement... " -Opernwelt

" ... Michal Shamir was deeply moving with an impressive command of a wide emotional range which she sustains throughout ... " -Augsburger Allgemeine

Le Nozze di Figaro - New Israeli Opera

" ... Michal Shamir as the countess gave a performance that will be cherished for a long time: Her voice acquired the crystalline quality of a real Mozart soprano ... " -Opera Magazine

Alpha & Omega (World Premiere) - New Israeli Opera

"Leading the excellent ensemble, Michal Shamir gives a wonderful, glowing performance: Graceful in singing and acting, demonstrating exemplary authenticity in her stage presence, she lends artistic meaning to the piece ... " -Ha'aretz

Faust - New Israeli Opera

"Michal Shamir as Marguerite - a singer of a deep, interesting timbre, displaying real operatic temperament ... " -Ha'aretz

"Michal Shamir fills the hall with her enormous presence. She creates real tension, great credibility and magic. " -Ma'ariv