Reviews

Winning the London Handel Singing Competition 2012

“The First Prize winner Anna Starushkevych chose a programme consisting of popular arias by Handel’s male heroes – two of Bertarido’s arias from Rodelinda and “Cara sposa” from Rinaldo. From her opening phrase, the quality of her voice immediately caught my attention. A dark-hued and creamy mezzo, her voice projection was exemplary and her technique almost faultless.” Ukrainian Mezzo wins Handel Singing Competition 

Alexander Nevsky with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Choral Society

“…Most impressive was the moving elegy to the dead on the field of battle sung – from memory, by the young Ukrainian contralto Anna Starushkevych. Her beauty of tone and poise brought a special atmosphere here and spotlit Prokofiev’s gift for simple, unadorned melody and how to give it heartfelt expression. In this respect, Starushkevych crowned the evening.” (Bachtrack review, May 2017)

Ofelia in Salieri’s “La grotta di Trofonio” for the Bampton Classical Opera 2015

“Starushkevych’s mezzo is growing in richness, depth and allure…She mastered the phrasing of both Ofelia’s long melodies and her frequent short interjections…Her stage movements were confident and alert.” (Opera Magazine, September 2015)

 

Orfeo in Bertoni’s “Orfeo” for the Bampton Classical Opera 2014

“In the title role, Starushkevych demostrated why she had won the 2012 Handel Singing Competition and also Bampton’s own inaugural Young Singers’ Competition in 2013. Equipped with an immaculate technique, she can traverse a wide range, from a velvety top through a rich middle to a sonorous contralto register, and her dramatically intense performance comminucated powerfully.”  (Opera Magazine, October 2014)

 

Rosimonda in Handel’s “Faramondo” for the Brisbane Baroque Festival 2015

“Mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkevych as Rosimonda sang quite a number of them (arias). She looked completely fabulous in her glimmering designer gown with the split up the side and flaming red hair dazzling with a voice that captivated and enthralled us all. Intense, engaging, she’s a powerhouse on stage, a defining presence with a dazzling voice.” (Faramondo – Handel’s Sensational Opera at Brisbane Baroque)

“Gustavo’s stylishly costumed minx-like daughter Rosimonda mesmerized her rivals and impressed her audience. In the role, Anna Starushkevych’s luscious, dark mezzo-soprano and fluid phrasing charmed.”  (operachaser.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/handels-faramondo-pulsated-at-brisbane.html)

 

Rosimonda in Handel’s “Faramondo” for the Göttingen International Handel Festival 2014

“Göttingen was fortunate to have a young Ukrainian-born mezzo, Anna Starushkevych, whose dramatic flare and experience with Handel made for a dynamic and engaging prima donna.” (Opera con Brio, LLC, June 2014)

 
Handel Furioso for Grimeborn Festival

“…and Anna Starushkevych (Boy), the latter’s voice particularly well suited to the music Handel wrote for the alto castrato Senesino (like ‘Dove sei’, for example). Quantz’s account of Senesino’s voice – ‘a powerful, clear, equal, and sweet contralto voice, with a perfect intonation and excellent shake’ – could have been meant for her.” (Joseph Lockwood, The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies)