"Orphée is sung by Ruxandra Donose, a mezzo soprano who is handsome in
sound and looks. What can I say? She WAS Orphée, she looked the part, she moved with great eloquence and even gracefully joined the dancers. What sets Donose among the top rank of Orphées I've heard is her expressiveness and heart. She knows how to get the most out of her voice, and she can act. She has a gorgeous voice, full, rich and deep, unlike any other singer I've heard in this role live, and like very few on records, her voice encompassed all the notes, from top to bottom. As listeners who have heard recordings of the Berlioz version of Orphée know, the bravura aria that ends Act I, Amour viens, rendre, was made even more ornate for Pauline Viardot, the notes go very low (a bit deeper than the reach of Von Otter, Kozena, and Larmore on the complete recordings -- Powdles does manage those notes). Donose stood front center on the stage and sang the heck out of that fearsome aria, easily accomplishing the challenging cadenza which a young Saint-Saens, assisting Berlioz, wrote with Viardot. The applause was immediate and, unfortunately, cut into the beautiful orchestral music which closes the aria. But when Donose sang "Jai Perdu mon Eurydice" she cast such a spell that the audience sat rapt as the music played out, only bursting into applause when the music stopped. I doubt there were many dry eyes in the theater. Donose is a great Orphée and I fervently hope she gets the recognition she deserves from this milestone in her career."
James Camner on Opera-L, 17.06.2010