As Princess Jaros­law­na in Alex­an­der Borodin’s rare­ly heard ope­ra Prince Igor, Ilia Papandreou made her suc­cess­ful debut at the Anhalt Thea­ter in Des­sau in May and June, adding ano­t­her Rus­si­an sopra­no role to her exten­si­ve reper­toire.
In the con­cer­tan­te per­for­man­ces with the Anhal­ti­sche Phil­har­mo­nie Des­sau under the musi­cal direc­tion of Kapell­meis­te­rin Eli­sa Gogou the audi­ence and cri­tics were very enthu­si­astic:
“The gre­at guest soloist Ilia Papandreou,” as Johan­nes Kil­le­en is wri­ting in the Mit­tel­deut­sche Zei­tung, “made the pie­ce espe­cial­ly shi­ning with her lyri­cal and dra­ma­tic expres­si­ve­ness, clear style and high notes that never sound­ed thin or sharp.”