Dora Ohrenstein, Selected Reviews

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Selected Reviews
Ms. Ohrenstein...offered the richest selection of music and the greatest vocal variety of the night. . . .Ms. Ohrenstein was equal to all this music, offering sensitively exact pitch precision without stripping her tone of all vibrato, compassionate articulation of text and pleasing vocal quality.
The New York Times
Delivered with Ohrenstein?s warmth, sincerity, and beautiful tone, it was the most touching musical moment I?ve had in a long time.
The Village Voice
Her splendid diction and her sensitivity to the text should be taken as models for other singers of American songs (she also wrote the perceptive and informative notes that accompany the recording).
Fanfare Magazine
A concert of striking modern works for singer and chamber ensemble presented by . . . soprano Dora Ohrenstein. . . at which there was hardly a dry eye in the house.
Chamber Music Magazine
Dora Ohrenstein, a singer of impressive skill and riveting presence. . did not merely tell the stories, she inhabited the people who lived them.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Soprano Dora Ohrenstein?s dramatic gesticulations and rapid alteration of vocal weight, color and character lent her performance the surreal beauty and compelling power Crumb intended. As one in the crowd aptly commented, she had the voice of 10 sopranos.
Tucson Citizen
Urban Diva is an effective calling card for Emergency Music; a one-woman theater piece conceived by Dora Ohrenstein, who commissioned five composers. . . In each case the music has been custom-made -- as it should be for a diva, even one from downtown -- to showcase Ohrenstein?s classically trained, supple soprano and her ability to maneuver it deftly through any vocal thicket.
New York Magazine
For years, Dora Ohrenstein was the astounding soprano who sang Philip Glass? wordless bleeps and boops. Her range seemed limitless and her intonation was eerily right. . . The cycle stands as a ?90s Schwanengesang, and Ohrenstein solidifies her position as an enthralling singer.
Philadelphia Inquirer
[Urban Diva is] a single music theater piece that redefines both the downtown music scene. . . and the classical music scene. . . Urban Diva once again shows how far American music has gone and can go . . .
CMJ New Music Report
Dora Ohrenstein, downtown?s answer to Barbra Steisand, proves that the art song is fiercely alive and well on Urban Diva, her jazz and rock-inflected theater piece of tantrums and laments, longings and primal screams.
New York Observer
Ohrenstein?s vocal effects, the text and the music together are at times like one great big, happy smile. This singer inflects her voice in a thousand differents ways, sometimes almost from word to word, adding immeasurably to the final result.
The News & Observer
The final three songs displayed Ohrenstein?s beautiful and amazingly well-controlled voice. . . .Her classically trained voice and vivid personality make Ohrenstein a unique talent to be watched.
Santa Cruz Sentinel

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