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American mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts brings her “plush, opulent voice” to some of the world’s most venerable stages in her exciting 2014-15 season. Two role debuts crown the year for Roberts: in addition to returning to the Metropolitan Opera for her role debut as Laura in their new production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Roberts also makes her house debut at Lyric Opera of Kansas City for her first turn in the title role of Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri. Roberts returns to Rossini later in the season when she reprises her “delightful” interpretation of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Lyric Opera Baltimore. On the concert stage this season, Roberts makes her Severance Hall debut with the title role of Bizet’s Carmen in a semi-staged gala performance, and also appears as the mezzo soloist for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Jacksonville Symphony.
"...Giulietta, here the vocally plush and lovely mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts."− The New York Times
"As Giulietta, mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts dazzled in her San Francisco Opera debut; what a plush, opulent voice she has."− San Jose Mercury News
"Irene Roberts excelled as Siebel, offering a rich, burnished tone and colorful nuances, both musical and dramatic, that helped flesh out the character greatly."− Opera News