Adalgisa (Norma)

Alain Duault : It was a stroke of genius to have proposed to Béatrice Uria-Monzon, one of today’s most beautiful French opera singers – having triumphed across the world as Carmen and wanting to diversify – the idea of singing Adalgisa, the young priestess who reluctantly becomes Norma’s rival.

She is a great Adalgisa, with her fiery voice of dark gold, an intensity of expression, scorching phrases and a sound projection which gives a dramatic impact and motivates even more her profoundly committed acting: she is the triumph of the evening.

Chronique RTL “Laissez-vous tenter” – 24 March 2009

(…) The French mezzo Béatrice Uria-Monzon in the role of Adalgisa saves Bellini’s masterpiece. (…)All the same it is Béatrice Uria-Monzon’s Adalgisa who wins everyone’s approval. A great professional and perfect musician, the French mezzo knows how to breathe fire, passion and a vocal discipline – absent in the rest of the cast – into her character. In an instant the drama is here: fiery, explosive and tragic.

Nicolas d’Estienne d’Orves, Le Figaro, 24 March 2009