In Review: Birsan and Wolverton in Madison Opera "Rusalka"

"But the stage belonged to the women. Emily Birsan. . . as Rusalka was a study in subtle shadings of her expressive soprano voice . . . She is a powerful singer and convincing actress who was engaging to watch and to hear. . . The villainous Foreign Princess portrayed by Karin Wolverton. . . seemed to be the only sensible character in the opera. She likewise commanded the stage and displayed a powerful voice with passionate commitment to her role.—Well Tempered Ear

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"An immediate point of interest in this Madison Opera production is the casting in the title role of Emily Birsan, a local vocal talent now making a very big career for herself. Her soprano voice is clear and handsomely toned…and her acting is superb… Karin Wolverton, an impressive Foreign Princess.

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