Reviews

Christina Birchall Sampson as Violetta in La TraviataHandel Belshazzar DVD, cond. René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi, released May 2011) – Soprano 1 Consort-Soloist

“..Christina Sampson, Lucy Taylor, Andrew Radley, Richard Wilberforce, Vernon Kirk and Andrew Davies…performed strongly.”

Opera, September 2011

“[T]he entire cast achieve an abundance of highly effective acting and dramatic visual ideas.”

Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

“…Jacobs and his cast respond thoughtfully, but not over-zealously, to Handel’s vivid characterization…it’s one of the most convincing stagings of a Handel oratorio I’ve seen.”

International Record Review, September 2011

Verdi La Traviata (Bel Canto Opera, June 2011) – Violetta

“The success (or failure) of La Traviata rests largely on the shoulders of the soprano singing the role of Violetta, and Christina Sampson proved to be an inspired choice. She was everything a Violetta should be – fragile, waif-like, utterly convincing in the role and with a wonderfully expressive voice. She could belt out the drinking song Libiami ne’lieti calici with gay abandon yet revealed her innermost thoughts and fears with such sensitivity in Un di felice eterea….. [H]er acting ability makes her a natural for the opera stage.”

Seen and Heard International, June 2011

“The performance was excellent… [W]hat made the performance stand out was the quality of the principal singers. A heartachingly beautiful final duet Parigi O Cara highlighted the chemistry between Christina Sampson (Violetta) and Telman Guzhevsky (Alfredo). I was glad to have been in the audience to have my heart strings pulled.”

Gloucestershire Echo, June 2011

Handel Israel in Egypt (Louth Choral Society, November 2009) – Soloist

“The highlights for me were the two duets: sopranos Ruth Jenkins and Christina Sampson in The Lord is my strength with its beautiful interlocking harmonies; and basses James Birchall and Christopher Foster…”

John F. Smith

Lunchtime Song Recital (Bristol Cathedral, August 2006)

“Ms Sampson sang with an overwhelming depth of range and expression….[She] gave a stunning example of her considerably mature voice and effervescent personality…”

Bristol Evening Post, August 2006

Berio/Stravinsky songs (Sequenza/Venables, Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music, June 2004)

“…the committed verve of Christina Sampson’s singing”

Classical Source, June 2004