March 4, 2008 – Concert at Lyceum, Alexandria, VA

The Russian Chamber Art Society’s recital on Saturday at the Lyceum in Alexandria did a fine job of showcasing three vocal-competition-winning opera singers and provided a primer in the beauties of seldom-heard Russian art songs…

Mezzo Olesya Petrova, tenor Stanislav Leontiev and baritone Roman Burdenko all possess what might be deemed stereotypical Russian voices – loud, emotive, laser-focused at the top and plush at the bottom…

Petrova exuding the confidence, detailed acting and thrillingly dark timber, suggests a star in the making. (Her rendition of Valery Gavrilin’s stark, hypnotically repetitive “Sufferings” was one of the most moving musico-dramatic performances I’ve heard all season)

Much of the music – songs by, among others, Dargomyzhsky, Rubinstein, Shostakovich and a surprisingly Schubertian-sounding Glinka – was indeed revelatory, not to mention gorgeous….

Thrilling work, to be sure, (especially as supported by pianist Elena Gaudasinskaya’s intense and rhapsodic playing)….

The Washington Post, Joe Banno