Review of 2/13/2012 Solo Recital on TheOperaInsider.com

Surrounded by valuable paintings of dogs at Bonhams Gallery were a statuesque  mezzo-soprano, a pianist, a guitarist and a delighted audience.  The occasion was a recital by the talented Silvie Jensen, accompanied by Taisiya Pushkar at the piano and Joao Luiz Rezende Lopes on the strings.  The choice of material was adventuresome and the outcome most satisfying.

Meche Kroop, Opera Insider 2/15/2012
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Handel Done the Right Way – Review by Seen and Heard International of Judas Maccabaeus

The singers were particularly impressive. Steven Caldicott Wilson…was formidable in ‘Sound an alarm.’ Both Lauren Snouffer and Silvie Jensen sang with great poise and élan. Daniel Taylor’s Priest reached a whole other level of beauty in “Father of Heav’n.” Indeed, his ability to produce such a wonderful rounded bell-like sound so effortlessly is something from “Heav’n.” Jesse Blumberg sang warmly and sensitively. Commendations are always owed to any and all players of the torturous valveless instruments.

Stan Metzger, Seen and Heard International (UK) May 24, 2011
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An Ancient Victory, Honor a Later One – Review by New York Times of Judas Maccabaeus

Mr. Fox led his small, polished choir and a robust period-instrument band in a brisk, carefully balanced reading, and had the benefit of a solid, well-matched cast of soloists. Steven Caldicott Wilson, the tenor, projected Judas’s valor and faith powerfully, qualities matched by Jesse Blumberg in Simon’s brief appearances. Silvie Jensen, a mezzo-soprano, and Lauren Snouffer, a soprano, are both adept at Handelian filigree and gave beautiful accounts (alone and together) of most of the arias by the unnamed characters. Daniel Taylor, the countertenor, picked up a few of the bit parts, too, and gave an exquisite performance of ‘Father of heav’n!’

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times May 19, 2011
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Review of  10/21/2011 Solo Recital by Mapcidy.com

Suddenly, in all this rapture of skill and brilliance and resounding resonance, she sings a song she wrote, Mongolia Lullaby.  About a trip she took, clearly a sad one, and as she unfolds her mourning in beautiful poetic images of pouring breasts and seeking the shadows, you find your heart joins her sadness.  You see the beauty of just being in grief and finding solace there.

Mapcidy.com 10/22/2010

Cruel Love, Gently Tempered by Song

On Tuesday night the Christopher Caines Dance Company occupied the fifth-floor studio during a presentation of Mr. Caines’s choreography, and it brought a ringer: the marvelous mezzo-soprano Silvie Jensen, who has appeared with the troupe since 2004. Her big, rich voice fabulously overwhelmed the little space, particularly in the “Solo Suite” from “Arias,” when she sang Giulio Caccini’s “Delizie Contente” and “Amarilli, Mia Bella,” and Tommaso Giordani’s achingly beautiful “Caro Mio Ben.”

Claudia La Rocco, New York Times June 4, 2009
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 Dances With Song, Woodwind and Water

Mr. Caines is known for his close collaboration with musicians, and “Exquisite Hour” did offer the pleasures of a mezzo-soprano (Silvie Jensen) and a pianist (Marija Iliae), performing slow, melancholy songs by Reynaldo Hahn and Gabriel Fauré.

Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times June 2, 2008
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