On 26th January Ilia Papandreou gave her ovation-celebrated debut at the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg as interpreter of the title role in Richard Strauss’ opera Ariadne auf Naxos. Under the musical direction of GMD Enrico Calesso and directed by Dominique Horwitz, Ilia Papandreou performed in a Strauss opera for the first time since her debut as Marschallin.
“With a warm voice and great inwardness, Ilia Papandreou captivates her audience,” says Frank W. Breitenstein in BR Klassik. For Renate Freyeisen (O‑Ton), Ilia Papandreou stands out from the circle of “outstanding singer-actors […] alone through her wistful arias”: “Ilia Papandreou gives [the Ariadne] with her highly dramatic soprano brilliant heights, fine emotions in ever-rounded lines, and she also looks dazzling, personifying her grief and longing for death convincingly. ”
Mathias Wiedemann (Main-Post) recognizes in the prima donna or Ariadne the “dramatically most ungrateful role” of the opera, “but Ilia Papandreou sings herself with a large, clear soprano and luminous presence in the spotlight. Above all, it is her voice that carries the tremendous melodic richness of the music. ”