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". . . the soulfulness of the singing can take your breath away, as when Melissa Givens' soprano wings elegiacally above the low, sustained tones of the choir. . . "
- Robert Faires
Austin Chronicle

". . . set to the Wesendonk Songs of Richard Wagner (superbly sung from the orchestra pit by soprano Melissa Givens), it offered 11 dancers in duet, trio and quartet combinations. . . "
- Raymond Stults
The Moscow Times

"Fortunately, Simpson and Dirst chose soprano Melissa Givens to sing Dido. With a simple spirit, elegant presence and excellent singing, she created a soft but cutting image of a woman torn up by love."
- Charles Ward
Houston Chronicle

"The vocal find for me and for most of the audience is soprano MELISSA GIVENS. … A clear, expressive voice, bright, strong and yet with tinges of vulnerability, laced with seamless legato and tasteful phrasing."
- Val Suan
Opera - L

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