The Seventh Annual Excellence in Opera (aka the Freddie) Awards
by Fred Plotkin
Star-Making Performance, Female:
HOLLY FLACK sang the title role of Meyerbeer’s Dinorah at Amore Opera with astonishing fluidity and confidence. This work is seldom performed, in part because you must find the rare singer who can surmount the challenges of Dinorah’s music. Flack sang it as if it was her birthright.
Dinorah in "Dinorah (Le pardon de Ploërmel)"
with Amore Opera
"Keep your eye and ear on Holly Flack. She’s easy on the eyes, she can dance and act and say ridiculous lines with total conviction.
But the voice! An even, flexible, beautifully produced soprano, more womanly than the “canary” type, with excellent voice control, a genuine trill and a remarkable range, up to an A-flat in alt. Yes, you read that correctly: she knocked the house agog with an A-flat, not an ordinary D-flat, to conclude the Shadow Song."
"Standing out by virtue of her onstage charm and stratospherical extension was coloratura soprano Holly Flack. One could not have cast a better Dinorah than Ms. Flack whose instrument is gorgeous and judiciously employed to serve the character. Her performance of "Ombre légère", known as "The Shadow Song", took our breath away with such vocal fireworks that she made to appear easy."
"In the title role, soprano Holly Flack showed the most explosive talent... her middle was all flowing warmth and she showed off rippling coloratura and effortless trills. She gave a brilliant account of “Ombre légère,” a nimble, tuneful show-aria reminiscent of “Il dolce suono” in its little duet between soprano and flute, and capped it with a searing high A-flat that she actually held."
"On opening night, Holly Flack’s Dinorah unleashed a classic high-placed French light coloratura soprano with neat trills and accurate cadenzas in “Ombre légère,” capping the famous aria with a high A-flat above high C — shades of Mado Robin! Flack enacted the fey character with girlish charm."
Soprano Soloist in Carmina Burana
with the Toledo Symphony
"Soprano Holly Flack delighted with a delicately crafted “In Virtute” ringing with passion. Her final “Dulcissime” flawlessly climbed to the extremes of her register and continued with effortless coloratura."
New Amsterdam Opera's Fall Salon Concert
"Ms. Flack had two exceptional solos -- in "Glitter and Be Gay" from Bernstein's Candide, we loved her use of vibrato and the accuracy of her coloratura. In Ophélie's Mad Scene from Thomas' Hamlet she did justice to the many moods by means of vocal coloration. There were some gorgeous vocalises and smoothly rendered portamenti. The high B [above high C] at the end might have shattered some crystal!"
http://www.vocedimeche.reviews, Fall 2018
Ophélie in "Hamlet"
with Opera Ithaca
"... her coloratura soprano defines the character."
www.ithaca.com/entertainment, Fall 2018
Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute"
with Brott Opera
“American coloratura Holly Flack hit all the money notes in the Queen of the Night’s “The wrath of hell” aria, interpolating a note an octave higher than written in six instances.”
Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute"
with Fargo-Moorhead Opera
"Coloratura soprano Holly Flack rules as Queen of the Night and wields an impressive two-octave range, effortlessly reaching higher than high notes in her fluttering, iconic aria. Rarely does a murderous plot sounded so delightful."
http://www.inforum.com, October 2016
"The Diva Dance" at Fire Ball V
with Fresco Opera Theatre
"Fresco's Soprano, Holly Flack, astounded the audience at Dane 101's Fire Ball V with her
show-stopping Diva Dance Aria."
www.frescooperatheatre.com, January 2013
"The Diva Dance"
at The Greater Midwest Body Painting Competition
"Soprano, Holly Flack, blew minds and melted hearts with her performance at Art In Gallery at the Greater Midwest Body Painting Competition on 2/23/13."
"At precisely 6pm, Svanoe called "brushes down" to the room, and moments later a siren soprano named Holly Flack (as in, don't give her any) graced us with her wonderful presence. Flack hails from Chicago and has been spending a lot of time in Madison recently. Besides her appearance on the 23rd, she also performed at the Fire Ball at the Majestic in January. Boasting a Masters in Vocal performance and some golden pipes, she makes a career out of bringing down the house with her powerful cantatas. She sang two songs: a piece she'll be performing in August, "The Queen of the Night Aria" from The Magic Flute, and "The Diva Dance" from The Fifth Element. Those at the event were blown away by her performance, and the crowd at the Inferno later reacted with an equally robust exaltation.
By Jason Ocker, Project Famous, March 2013
"An amazing soprano performance from Holly Flack at the Inferno for the first ever Glitter to Gore Greater Midwest Body Painting Competition."
www.veengle.com, February 2013