reviews

Don Giovanni 

Don Giovanni (Donna Anna)

English Touring Opera, May 2016

“…as Anna and Ottavio Gillian Ramm and Robyn Lyn Evans provided the show’s heart: Ramm was both poignant and proud.”

Richard Bratby, Birmingham Post

“Gillian Ramm’s Donna Anna may be small in stature but she’s a powerhouse of emotion…”

William Stafford, Bum on a Seat 

La Clemenza di Tito

La Clemenza di Tito, Classical Opera

Cadogan Hall – March 2014

“Much of this devolved on to Gillian Ramm’s Vitellia, the scheming princess dumped by the Roman emperor Tito, who manipulates lovelorn Sesto into doing her dirty work by setting Rome on fire and assassinating the monarch. Her plan for revenge fails, she repents and all is forgiveness. Initially Ramm’s wrath veered towards Queen of the Night caricature, and she rather overplayed her voice’s astringent penetration, but she grew into this central role to be very powerful in the challenges of the Act One trio, in which, reinstated as Tito’s bride-to-be, she realises she is too late to abort Sesto’s treasonous mission. The sheer drama of the trio set up a brilliantly effective Act One finale – top-notch Mozart, with fiery singing from the chorus and a psychologically astute, opaque close – and Ramm clinched her incisive portrayal in Vitellia’s moral wrestling-match in her Act Two scena.”

Peter Reed, Classical Source

“Creating most of the drama single-handed was Gillian Ramm as a gloriously vindictive Vitellia. Ramm was in fabulous voice, singing with bristling characterization and a tangible hunger for power which gave her performance real bite. The emotional heart of the whole opera, meanwhile, came from Helen Sherman as Sesto. Her deeply affecting portrayal of the anguished, obsessed traitor was a tour de force, and her stage presence was magnetic as she was torn between her passion for Vitellia and her friendship for Tito.”

Charlotte Valori, Bachtrack

Ottone in Villa

Ottone in Villa (Cleonilla), La Serenissima, Buxton Festival, July 2013

Gillian Ramm delivers histrionically as the bitchy Cleonilla, too (the mistress), with even and well-sustained tone in a demanding role.
Robert Beale, Manchester Theatre Awards

Così fan tutte

Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi), Salzburg

Salzburger Landestheater (January 2013)

Gillian Ramm reaches intense emotional depth and her voice wonderfully amalgamates with that of Dorabella, both of whose strengths are in the lyric.
Reinhard Kriechbaum, Wiener Zeitung

[Ramm’s] great Rondo showed an interesting, beautifully focused, floating, lyrical soprano.
Karl Harb, Salzburger Nachtrichten

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