American lyric soprano Elyse Anne Kakacek is making her mark with her "unexpectedly deep and honey-colored soprano” (Parterre Box) in opera, oratorio and contemporary music. She has been acclaimed as a “stand out performer” (Opera News) who “can seemingly trill on any note in her scale and hold it out for an entire page of the score” (Vocal Arts Chicago).
Announcing Ms. Kakacek's latest album: Untethered, featuring the world premiere recording of the complete song cycles of Valerie Saalbach. Now available on iTunes, Spotify, and more!
“There is a crystalline clarity to Kakacek’s voice and the chemistry between Kakacek and pianist Christopher Fecteau could not be better.”
THE REHEARSAL STUDIO
Untethered: The Song Cycles of Valerie Saalbach
"The album is a celebration of passion and erotic love, exploring composer Valerie Saalbach’s song cycles... Kakacek, an up-and-coming artist, sets her smoldering lyricism into flame sparked by Saalbach’s source material, ranging from erotic poetry inspired Steven Kowit’s book 'Gods of Rapture,' to Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s 'Catarina de Comoens.'
Two songs of note are the lazily lilting, Gershwin-esque, 'In the Morning' and 'When He Pressed His Lips,' showcase Kakacek’s ability to swing into delicious sultriness of voice. Saalbach brings the sensuality of Kowit’s Eastern-inspired sensual poetry and mingles it with the Western jazz and playful chromaticism.
If you’re looking for some heat, Kakacek brings it with 'Untethered.'"
Ms. Kakacek's 2019/2020 season includes the world premiere of Princess Maleine with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, in which she appears in the title role, her return to the role of Zerlina with Bronx Opera, and numerous concert appearances.
Princess Maleine, Princess Maleine
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble
"Princess Maleine, played by expertly by soprano Elyse Anne Kakacek, doesn’t waste away, pining in her stone prison, waiting for a knight in shining armor to save her... Soprano Elyse Anne Kakacek was captivating in the title role as she floated her voice into the heavens with a feathery tone. As Maleine longed to be reunited with Prince Hjalmar, her voice was injected with sweet pathos. When all turned tragic, you felt for Maleine because Kakacek drew you into the character’s joys and sorrows. Kakacek projected confidence in her instrument and a deep understanding of her character’s motivations.”