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Review in Gramophone for Joseph Phibbs’ Juliana

…The performance is as sharp as the updated libretto. Zoe Drummond is suitably flighty and capricious in the first half as Juliana, but more fragile later. Her love duet with Juan, strongly sung by Felix Kemp, is beautifully achieved and something of that glow remains ‘after the event’ in scene 9, while the lovers plan their escape. Rebecca Afonwy-Jones is convincing as the jilted Kerstin, even though robbed of the more critical part Strindberg had allotted her. The Nova Music Opera Ensemble – all eight players – accompany flawlessly, directed by his customary exemplary sensitivity by George Vass. Resonus’ sound is beautifully clear.

Guy Rickards for Gramophone, April


2022