Erik Kurmangaliev has his voice, which reaches to incredible heights... The young Russian has a charming serene stage personality, who's achievements, as difficult as it is to compare them with those of his female register fellows, deserve it to be judged not only on its 'curiosity merits'.
 
De Volkskrant, The Netherlands Original Dutch quote

He makes a strong impression: an impressive register of contralto in contrast with small affected throat sounds which tickle Baroque music, pronounced vibrato, unexpected power and low chest sound as if it comes from a profound abyss.

Let's add the strange appearance of archangel, which should be able to provide lucky director's troves.

A long aria from Russlan and Ludmila by Glinka remained in memory of everybody by its slow mysterious uplift of an impressive tune.
 

Le Soir, Belgium Original French quote

... But the most unusual is the male alto Eric Kurmangaliev. He sings not in falsetto, but with a genuine Fedora Barbieri-like alto. ... Kurmangaliev is a phenomenon, and in songs by Borodin and Glinka he was poignant and gripping. Tonight he will sing arias by Mozart, Händel, Glinka and an excerpt from the cantata written expressly for him by Alfred Schnittke.
 

The Boston Globe, the USA  

The absolutely genuine alto of Erik Kurmangaliev, his impulsive manner on stage and controlled dynamics - all testify to the singer's extremely high level. His interpretation of arias by Mozart and Händel came as surprise. The dramaticism which accompained the execution of these compositions electrified the audience, and seemed impossible for a voice of that type.
 

Mainer Rhein Zeitung, Germany Original German quote

Nature gave him a youthful appearance and a powerful 'mezzo'. In addition it dave him a good taste in all the meanings of this word: such as a developed sense of beauty, as a delicate feeling of style. Only a few people today can sing music by Bach or Händel as Kurmangaliev does.
 

Kultura, Russia Original Russian quote


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