Des Moines Metro Opera's Manon
"...Massenet’s Manon was graced by a brace of principals who displayed extraordinary dramatic commitment. Sydney Mancasola was an enchanting Manon, her soprano radiant and glittering in the display writing, and offering a surprising dose of lyric weight in mid-range."
MARK THOMAS KETTERSON, OPERA NEWS
"Is this the birth of a star? Sydney Mancasola comes to Des Moines between assignments in Berlin and London, playing the title character in "Manon," one of opera's great tragic heroines. She commands the stage on the strength of her voice alone, a soprano that, even as it soars, suggests midnight chocolate and cabernet.
What matters most, though, is her range as an actor. Mancasola wrings terrific feeling out of a face that, by itself, can set folks staring. Her features don't just light up or darken, but also add shades of innocence or sophistication. Is this a star? In any case, it's the biggest 'wow' in a breathtaking show."
JOHN DOMINI, DMCITY VIEW
"It has to be said that Sydney Mancasola was luminous in the title role. She sports a secure, silvery soprano of enormous flexibility, wedded to an unfaltering musicality. There is a generous dash of humanity in her portrayal and she is possessed of a charismatic presence in her well-rounded assumption of a richly complex personality."
JAMES SOHRE, OPERA TODAY
"And wait till you see soprano Sydney Mancasola's magnificent portrayal of Manon herself, one of the most difficult of all French heroines and one of the most rewarding for a great singing actress. Mancasola's gorgeous voice has all the dazzling technical agility that she first demonstrated here two seasons ago in Rossini's "Count Ory." and in addition all the strength and subtlety needed for Manon's varied and supremely passionate emotions, whether innocent or sentimental, or commanding for seductive…or pathetic and remorseful."
BRUCE CARR, DES MOINES REGISTER