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Mal virtuos, dann besinnlich - Irene Carpentier & Ignace Michiels

(Original in German) Gießener Allgemeine - 05.08.2021

[...] The "Laudamus te" from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Mass in C minor gave Carpentier the opportunity to demonstrate all her skills with elegantly soaring coloraturas and concentrated dialogues with the organ - the flawless interpretation was completely inspiring. [...] Carpentier enchanted with her flexible, in expression as clear as pure singing style and had in Michiels a congenial accompanist. [...] Visibly impressed by the excellent duo, the audience gave long applause and was rewarded with an encore.

Musik zur Sterbestunde Jesu - Irene Carpentier & La Chapelle Sauvage

(Original in German) Siegener Zeitung - 18.04.2017

 

The highlight of the devotion was the "Stabat Mater" [...] by the chamber music composer Luigi Boccherini [...]. The soprano Irene Carpentier [...] was singing.  Her brilliant vocals were accompanied by La Chapelle Sauvage - the wild band - an excellent group of young musicians[...]. Both the singer and the instrumentalists, through their passion for music and their extraordinary skill, were able to make the intimate lamentation of Mary in the face of her dying son a profound experience for the listeners.

Grietje de heks - het woud

(Original in Dutch) mscl vlaanderen - 13.01.2014

 

Composer Filip Martens is indeed continuously exploring the sometimes thin line between opera and musical. It cannot be surprising that our preference rather goes to the melodies and vocal parts in which we could make out a hint of Sondheim, than to the opera parts. Irene Carpentier (Gretel), Ineke De Vylder (Witch) and Joris Derder (Hansel) sang their score excellently, without losing sight of their character.

 

Missa Solemnis - 100% Waignein

Excerpt from a personal letter (original in French) of the composer André Waignein - 13.11.2013

 

I have already heard several performances of this Mass through Europe. However (I am really sincere!!!!), Your performance is the one I prefer. In Tielt, it was simply perfect. The quality (beauty) of the voice, the accuracy in the whole tessitura, which is nonetheless pretty demanding, the musicality in the interpretation of all Your interventions, were exemplary. The Ave Maria was sung with all the emotion I had hoped for.
For a composer, to be sung by You is a real reward.

 

Jonge solisten voor de toekomst - Lyrica
(Original in Dutch) H.V. voor Operagazet - 28.02.2012

 

Irene Carpentier is the fifth soprano in sequence. With her wide vocal range, which she masters with ease, she immediately captured the audience in the aria of the doll from "Hoffmann's Tales" by Offenbach.

 

Ashes - Les Ballets C de la B o.l.v. Koen Augustijnen

 

(Original in French) Philippe Oualid pour www.arts-spectacles.com/ - 04.07.2009

[...] With this spectacle that is exploring the fleeting and the intangible, Koen Augustijnen directs about eight dancers and acrobats, accompanied by Italian opera music of Georg Friedrich Händel, Giulio Cesare (1724) and Alcina (1735), arias and duets, sung on stage in front of a little baroque ensemble, by Irene Carpentier (marvellous soprano)  and Steve Dugardin (alto).

Telegraph - 09.06.2009

[...] the singing by soprano Irene Carpentier and male alto Steve Dugardin is so inspiring that you forget to watch the dance happening around them.

The Herald - 11.05.2009

[...] Would you ever have imagined Händel in this context? With a marimba part of the ensemble? The effect, heightened by the singing of Irene Carpentier (soprano) & ethereally-pitched Steve Dugardin (alto), is glorious, uplifting consolation for the afflicted...

 

(Original in Swedish) Dagens Nyheter - 23.03.2009

[...] Just as earlier, the musicians and singers are fully incorporated in the performance. The soprano Irene Carpentier puts in a fine display, both vocally and physically. Everyone involved, all the way from dancers down to the lighting crew, are impressive. And very much so.

 

Kamermuziekrecital - In de Wouwdfluit
(Original in Dutch) Website In De Wouwdfluit - 2008

 

Irene Carpentier has a beautiful lyric soprano voice, that impressed the audience a lot. She will score high in the future when her voice is fully matured.

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