Gaetano Donizetti
DOM SÉBASTIEN - Zayda
London / Royal Opera House Covent Garden / 10. September 2005

© The Times, 13. September 2005, Seite 25, Hilary Finch

... Kasarova has a virtuoso ability to anticipate, imagine and give voice to every shade of human feeling. Alone she was magnificient; in duet with Simon Keenlyside's impassioned Islamic freedom-fighter, Abayaldos, simply mesmeric. ...

© The Independent, 13. September 2005, Roderic Dunnett

... Sébastiens African muse was sung by the profoundly affecting Bulgarian mezzo Vesselina Kasarova, whose range of luscious, velvety timbres was matched by an acute dramatic intelligence that showed in every phrase: when Zayda mouthed the word "mourir", you knew it meant curtains.