and delirious death scene. And Ms. Makarina brought youthful bloom to the duets with her fiancé, Ivan . . .”
A CD of Italian Opera Arias featuring Ms Makarina was released By Romeo Records and was cited by Opera News as ‘exquisite’ and Fanfare magazine as ‘a revelation of bel canto style.’ A second CD dedicated to Mozart’s motet ‘Esultate Jubilate’, a concert aria and operatic arias from Don Giovanni, Abduction from the Seraglio, Die Zauberflote and Le nozze di Figaro was released in spring 2003 and a recital of songs by Liszt, Tchiakovsky, and Rachmaninov was released in May 2004.
The New York Times
[The role of Marguerite was] sung here with big vitality and exultant, full-powered high notes by Olga Makarina.
Makarina's singing has gotten even better; the voice is more rounded, the range utterly even, the high notes in place and appealing, the coloratura impeccable.
Best of all was the young Russian-born and American-trained soprano Olga Makarina, a vulnerable, tender, pure-voiced and beautifully musical Desdemona: her Willow Song was the evening's highlight, introspectively doom-laden and deeply moving.