Reviews

Concert Reviews:

Philadelphia Inquirer
“suave and composed…considerable coloristic resources…an essential ingredient…
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The New York Times
“clear, appealing voice and expressive conviction”

San Francisco Classical Voice
“Soprano Clara Rottsolk stood out for her power, dignity, and immensely sympathetic contributions. As soon as she brought beautiful, gleaming tone to her first recitative and aria, “Wiewohl mein Herz … Ich will dir mein Herze schenken” (which translates to “My heart swims in tears … I want to give you my heart”), I sank into hers, as well.”

“This secular cantata took flight in the vigorous opening chorus and then, gloriously, in Clara Rottsolk’s arresting soprano aria. Her bell-like tone and faultless technique, set aloft over a rippling braid of flutes, brought clarity and character to every phrase, ascendant interval, and ornament.”

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland
“Rottsolk actually stole the show. Her performance of a solo cantata called “Winter” by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier handily captured the spirit of resilience in spite of the cold. Wielding a keen understanding of the French text and a voice of tremendous sweetness and agility, Rottsolk escorted a chapel full of listeners on a palpable journey from the depths of despair to radiant joy. A pleasanter way to end a season and kick off spring there could not have been.”

“The music came across as fresh, delightful and affecting, especially when Nagy and company were joined by a marvelous young soprano, Clara Rottsolk, who should soon be a star in the early-music world. Rottsolk’s voice is pure and shining, and she sings dead-center on pitch. What’s more, Rottsolk treats words with special care, enunciating the French texts to make sure the narratives receive nuanced treatment. Rottsolk conveyed the action and emotions with urgent beauty.”

Baltimore Sun
“The roster of guest artists was headed by soprano Clara Rottsolk, who soared in the title role [of Semele]. She used her bright, clear tone with great finesse, from the pianissimo sculpting of “O sleep, why dost thou leave me” to the bravura flourishes in “Myself I shall adore.”

Cleveland Classical
“The presiding muse of those delights was the masterful soprano Clara Rottsolk, who was featured on Les Délices’ recent CD, Myths and Allegories. Much of the pleasure lay in Ms. Rottsolk’s sophisticated mastery of the nuances of the libretto: with perfect diction and expressive delivery, she took the horrors and delights of this French “winter” seriously, and at the same time, with a raised eyebrow, enabled us to see these supposed terrors as delicately aestheticized constructions of an urbane and privileged society.”

Peninsula Reviews
“Soprano Clara Rottsolk was amazing with her elegant rich voice and her complete command of dynamics in her upper and lower ranges. Since her vocal technique was so secure and natural, she was able to portray her role of Pamina with the greatest of ease.”

Indianapolis Star
“In a strikingly emotional yet beautifully controlled performance of the solo part, soprano Clara Rottsolk ran the gamut from bitter accusation and name-calling to pleading rhetorical questions meant to soften a stony heart… Rottsolk gave superb voice as the accompaniment just flowed.”

Seattle Times
“The five singers were well-schooled performers of considerable versatility and agility. Pure-voiced soprano Clara Rottsolk sang with expressive finesse.”

Philadelphia Inquirer
“…every phrase has such a communicative emotional presence”

Classical Voice of North Carolina
“pure soprano voice, clear and breathtaking”

Chestnut Hill Local
“…offered a clear yet creamy tone supported by excellent breath control and a dazzling command over historical stylistic authenticity”
“…Rottsolk sang with both fierce determination and eloquent lyricism”

Praise for Les Délices CD: 

Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The Cleveland ensemble devoted to music of the French Baroque has another CD triumph in “Myths & Allegories,” a collection of prime instrumental and vocal works by Rebel, Bourgeois, Montéclair and de la Guerre. Their guest, soprano Clara Rottsolk, animates the texts, caressing words and adding vocal shimmer to every line. Grade: A”

Cleveland Classical
“All the individual performances on this disc are superb. Rottsolk’s clear, expressive voice is always used to serve the text and she proclaims its emotional content masterfully.”

Praise for Scarlatti CD:

Gramophone Magazine, July 2010
“There can be little doubt that Scarlatti’s cantatas (reputedly more than 700) are consistently delightful…Rottsolk’s voice is supple and stylish, and deals admirably with some very difficult technical arias…the performances are unflaggingly attractive and reveal one beautifully crafted aria after another.”

Toccata: Alte Musik Aktuell, March-April 2011
“Frau Rottsolk singt die Kantaten ausgeschprochen gut sie verfügt über eine schöne und angenehm timbrierte Stimme, aber beeindruckt auch mit ihrer geschmeidigen Technik. Sehr schön sind die Rezitative, die sehr deklamatorisch, mit der nötigen rhythmischen Freiheit vorgetragen werden.”

Ich habe gehoert, July 2010
“Clara Rottsolk, Sopran, verfügt über eine schlanke, angenehm timbierte Stimme, und überzeugt insbesondere durch intelligente Phrasierung.”

the arts desk
“Alessandro Scarlatti completed more than 700 cantatas, most commissioned for private performance to sympathetic audiences. The four examples on this disc sound like fully fledged operatic scenes, and soprano Clara Rottsolk makes the recitatives between arias seem spontaneous and improvisatory. She is given sympathetic backing by Tempesta di Mare and the Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra who get the chance to shine in the instrumental Concerto IX with Gwyn Roberts’s effortless recorder-playing a highlight. Lovely.”