"Boston soprano Lisa Saffer graces
the cover of the July issue of Britain's Opera magazine, testimony to
the triumph of her portrayal of the title role in Berg's Lulu
with the English National Opera in May.
".... The magazine called her "an ideal Lulu, complete and
"Her feats of singing deserve special praise. Everything was phrased
in a manner that showed complete command of the music, no matter how
difficult the sometimes angular lines and tessitura. Yet this was matched
by an athletic virtuosity in the way she prowled the stage, changing
from one spectacular costume to another ...."
Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe, July 12, 2002
On January 12, 2002, Lisa Saffer replaced the soloist in James Primosch's
set of four orchestral songs to early poems from Rainer Maria Rilke's "Stundenbuch" ("Book of Hours"). Ms. Saffer sang with
the Chicago Symphony Orchestrathe piece was commissioned by the
CSO with guest conductor, Antonio Pappano, the new musical director of
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.
"Of course, much of the credit ... must go to Lisa Saffer, who
delivered the songs with a bright, pliant soprano, clear German diction
and an affecting expressivity. She was replacing the originally scheduled
soloist, Susan Chilcott (who canceled because of illness), but she sounded
completely secure in the music's introspective spirituality, as did
Pappano and the orchestra. Primosch was present to share in the audience's
noticeably warm response."
Chicago Tribune, January 2002
In a recent Opera News review of a recording of of Oliver Knussen's
Higglety Pigglety Pop! and Where the Wild Things Are:
"The Wild Things themselves speak a stuttering, comically
threatening sort of pidgin Yiddish (except for the moment when they
break into barbershop-quintet harmony). Max, the boy terror, is played
by soprano Lisa Saffer, who is perfectly cast in this part. Exuberantly
maniacal, with a touch of the child sadist, her anarchic bent is evident
in every clear-voiced swoop, lunge and battle cry."
Opera News, Joshua Rosenblum, January 2002
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