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Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment – Fort Worth Opera

“Dorothy Danner’s staging of Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment conducted by Christopher Larkin, allowed local favorite Ava Pine, a singing actress with superb legato and high notes, to prance and frolic with the boys of the twenty-first regiment […] Pine — a gamine with terrific coloratura — had the vocal and dramatic chops to play Marie as both tomboy and youthful, love-struck maiden.”
– Opera News, Willard Spiegelman

“Her lovely voice moved easily through the part’s acrobatic passages as well as the more seductive lyric ones, and her sense of the stage made the most of the possibilities for comedy in the role.”
– Fort Worth Star Telegram, Olin Chism usa online casino echeck deposit

“Soprano Ava Pine continues to rule the Bass Hall stage, this time in the role of Marie […] Her vocal prowess is matched only by her charm and grace on the stage as she moves from Army brat-tomboy to a gentlewoman-in-waiting (mostly). Utterly believable, Pine draws the listener in from the very beginning, commanding attention and receiving it in spade.”
– Theater Jones, John Norine Jr.

“The sheer beauty and flexibility of Pine’s voice has been evident from her first professional appearances in the area, and it only takes a few measures to recognize her remarkable and insightful musicianship as well. Her range as an actress becomes more evident in each role we see her take on, as exemplified in Saturday’s performance, in which she played Marie as boundlessly energetic and tomboyish, leaping about the stage and tugging at the restraints of civilization.”
– Front Row/D Magazine, Wayne Lee Gay

“As the orphan girl Marie, TCU alum Ava Pine was a vision of energy, enthusiasm, and skill — her coloratura work was as dazzling as a butterfly mid-flight, and when time came for her to bring the house down, she effortlessly obliged, sometimes while practically standing on her head. (She often looked like Lucille Ball out there, throwing her body all over the place for the sake of a few laughs.)”
– Fort Worth Weekly, Anthony Mariani what online gambling sites are safe

Juliette in Roméo et Juliette – Opera Colorado

Headline: Opera Colorado’s “Romeo and Juliet” is a showcase for Ava Pine
“Opening its scaled-back 30th season, Opera Colorado’s presentation of Charles Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet” isn’t exactly a hit — but it’s a worthy effort, thanks in large part to soprano Ava Pine ‘s dazzling and believable rendition of a naïve and sweetly vulnerable Juliet.
“Saturday’s opening of the five-act production … shone the spotlight on Pine’s versatility as both a singer and an actress, her subtle, soaring voice seamlessly integrated with her affecting portrayal of a passionately love-struck maiden.
“…Pine was compelling in scene after scene, complemented by a superb chorus … and the supporting cast.”
-Denver Post, Sabine Kortals – February 2013

“The loudest cheering was for Ava Pine, the soprano star who made her Opera Colorado debut last year in The Marriage of Figaro. She is the ideal Juliet, who is only 14 in Shakespeare’s play—young, adorable and high-spirited. Pine’s voice has strength and clarity and never falters. Her coloratura waltz in Act I “Je veux vivre dans ce rêve”, one of the more familiar arias, shows youthful teenage joy. By contrast, her intense soliloquy in Act IV when she debates taking the potion is fraught with passion and drama.”
-The Examiner, Claudia Carbone – February 2013

“With all of these implications, soprano Ava Pine gives what must be one of the company’s most heroic performances. After her flawless, quintessential portrayal of Susanna in Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” last season, Pine impresses even more as a youthful, strong-willed Juliet.
“… Pine was glorious in both [arias]. Her solid pitch, fine projection and smooth French diction are unflagging throughout the three hours, most of which she spends onstage.”
-The Daily Camera, Kelly Dean Hansen – February 2013

Handel recital with the Dallas Bach Society

Headline: A rising star returns to her roots
“Our own” Texas-born, TCU-trained lyric coloratura soprano Ava Pine, who continues to make ever bigger waves in the operatic world, returned to Dallas Saturday night for an all-Handel concert at the Church of the Incarnation with the Dallas Bach Society. (The Bach Society was one of Pine’s early launching pads, and she obviously has not forgotten old friends.)

As expected, and based on past experience, Pine and a small orchestra led from the harpsichord by Bach Society artistic director James Richman proved that Handel’s genius extends beyond Messiah. Pine, who triumphed last spring in Fort Worth in the music of the twenty-first century in the title role in Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata, is equally at home in the music of the early eighteenth century. In particular, during the second half of the concert, devoted to Italian arias from Handel’s middle, operatic phase, she found the perfect balance of passion and intellect in a demanding, highly specialized repertoire. The fortunate audience members were not only engaged by a voice of incredible natural beauty and flexibility, but were likewise given a rare insight into the eighteenth century’s fascination with myth and metaphor.”
-D Magazine, Wayne Lee Gay – February 2013

Title role in Lysistrata – Fort Worth Opera

“Ava Pine, as the Athenian women’s organizer Lysia (later renamed Lysistrata), all but stole the show. By turns seductive, determined, wounded and moved, she sailed sweetly through a vast range of pitches.”
-Opera News, Scott Cantrell – September 2012

“Still, the proceedings are pretty well dominated by an incandescent Ava Pine in the lead role. Those who remember her as The Angel in Fort Worth Opera’s production of Angels in America a few years back will be struck by her loose-limbed, sexy performance as a funny, earthy woman who finds herself thrust into a bigger role in history.”
-Fort Worth Weekly, Kristian Lin – June 2012

“Vocally, the production is truly top notch. Leading the women in their stand against the warrior men is Ava Pine, singing the role of Lysia. Once again, Ms. Pine proves that she is a true star of the opera stage; she wins the audience over with her strong, yet sweet vocal tone as well as the large amount of gravitas that bolsters and unites the entire cast and elevates their performance as a whole.”
-Theater Jones, John Norine, Jr. – June 2012

“Sung exquisitely by Ava Pine, Lysia is sometimes tender and vulnerable, sometimes sassy and strong, and always sexy and endearing. Pine’s high notes soar without strain and her tone is a beautiful combination of lightness and warmth.”
-Dallas Observer, Katie Womack – June 2012

“Lysistrata (who goes by the name Lysia for most of the opera) first appears as lust-driven and self-centered, but, almost in spite of herself, becomes devoted to a higher calling of promoting peace. Even when she personally falters, the ideal triumphs. In the end, in a beautiful, soaring aria, she realizes the personal sacrifice that those who devote themselves to public service experience—that lust for power, desire to serve, and ultimate self-abnegation are hopelessly intertwined. […] TCU-trained soprano Ava Pine, who just keeps wowing regional and international audiences, earned another laurel in this title role.”
-D Magazine, Wayne Lee Gay – June 2012

“Soprano Ava Pine, a Metroplex favorite, sings the title role as the plucky wife of the general who convinces her fellow female Athenians and eventually the Spartans to ban together in a ban on sex. Her comedic delivery of lines such as “This is one tough crowd” and “The tigress must digress” caused bursts of laughter from the audience. Ms Pine’s flippant humor and light singing quality worked well in this role … her singing of the repetitive “No” in one aria was beautifully executed and touted the vocal fluidity for which Ms Pine is well known.”
-Pegasus News, Laurie Lynn Lindemeier – June 2012 top 10 online gambling sites

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