But Kiera Duffy, as Candide’s fickle love Cunegonde, was the audience’s darling. Looking lovely and relishing the comedy, she aced “Glitter and be Gay”, and enjoyed a lively double act with Kim Criswell’s Old Lady.
-The Evening Standard, UK, June 7, 2011
…up against Kiera Duffy’s wonderfully delivered Cunégonde, piling on the bling as she dazzled her way through Glitter and Be Gay.
-The Guardian, UK, June 7, 2011
The female half of the pair was Kiera Duffy, a brilliant soprano with a lustrous edge that sets it apart from the high-altitude norm. Vocal fans tend to equate soprano acrobatics with the baroque and bel canto periods, but I am willing to bet that the demands of Strauss’s Brentano-Lieder Op. 68 are even greater. This was wonderfully luminous and fluid singing, laced with Rosenkavalier charm.
-National Post, Canada, August 6, 2011
…she dazzled in ‘Glitter and be gay’, crystal clear when striking the stratospheric heights of Cunegonde’s wild enthusiasm for a bling-laden life of recklessness and glamour.
-Opera Today, June 7, 2011
Happily, Kiera Duffy significantly upped the ante every time she opened her mouth, bold, sassy, quite the most unrepentantly slutty Cunegonde I recall seeing, and one who threw off the coloratura campery of “Glitter and Gay” with delicious aplomb, well-stocked jewel-box, E-flat and all… Put Duffy and [Kim] Criswell together, as in “Little Women” and you got a glimpse of what we should have had elsewhere all night: joy unconfined. -Opera Brittanica, UK, June, 7, 2011
Kiera Duffy, ridiculous and hilarious in her impersonations, offered a precisely sung and highly musical Despina. Like [Matthew] Plenk and the other women, she’s a star in the making.
-Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 14, 2011