PRESS

“Singing alongside [Natalie] Dessay throughout much of the first act is [Gouverneur,] a mezzo-soprano whose chocolate-rich voice has been impressing South Bay audiences since the fall. ...She was superb, her richly loamy voice entwining (Natalie) Dessay's luminous instrument during the famous scene at the fountain, where Lucia sees a ghostly apparition.” Richard Scheinin, Mercury News

 

“A statuesque, doe-eyed beauty who bears a passing resemblance to the young Ava Gardner, Gouverneur certainly has the makings of a strong Carmen. Saturday, ...she introduced a large, velvety mezzo voice marked by rich, dusky tones and the high extensions that the role demands... Gouverneur... sounded voluptuous; the “Habanera” was sung with plush tone and smooth line that augured well for the rest of the evening.” San Francisco Classical Voice

 

"Gouverneur hit a home run... " Milpitas Post

 

"Ms. Gouverneur, a mezzo soprano with an amazing range and outstanding acting talents." San Jose Mercury News

 

“There were several strong voices in key roles, including that of mezzo-soprano Cybele Gouverneur's voice was luxurious, richly layered and with reserves of power. It's the kind of voice that can carry a production... In Act IV, Gouverneur and [Werther] were in strong form. There was even naked emotion in their singing.”

Richard Scheinin, Mercury News

 

"[Ms. Gouverneur possesses] a big, velvety voice, which she projects expertly to fill the house." San Francisco Classical Voice

 

"Her voice has a richness and stately grandeur..." Opera News

 

"She was superb, her richly loamy voice entwining (Natalie) Dessay's..." Mercury News

 

"Gouverneur hit a home run with her version of the best song in the opera, 'Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix' ('My heart at thy sweet voice')." Milpitas Post

 

"In the true title role, Cybele Gouverneur makes an impressive West Bay debut. The Venezuelan mezzo, known for her performances in San Jose and San Francisco (where she will sing Mercedes in the upcoming family matinees of Carmen), (She)has a big, velvety voice, which she projects expertly to fill the house. Chances are it could be a much larger house than this, and the effect would be the same. An up-and-coming major talent." San Francisco Classical Voice

 

"Amneris... is masterfully performed by Cybele Gouverneur, a mezzo soprano with an amazing range and outstanding acting talents." San Jose Mercury News

 

"An up-and-coming major talent." San Francisco Classical Voice

 

"Cybele Gouverneur, with her stunning, Ava Gardner features, looks the part of Carmen. In Act I, her rich mezzo-soprano provided a vocal base to the earthy gypsy’s “Habanera” about “amour” and to the “Seguidilla” when she tries to seduce Don Jose into letting her escape." Independent News

 

"Though Gouverneur sang wonderfully, easily encompassing the role's large range, her voice has a certain richness and stately grandeur to it that seem better suited to Dalila than to Charlotte." Opera News

 

"[Her] voice has a rich texture, and she sang with an old-school voluptuousness that matched her tall exotic beauty. She moved impressivel...." The Berkshire Review