Off the Beaten Track:
Exploring Joy & Sadness in Elyse Anne Kakacek’s ‘formless,’ a Touching Recording of Dvořák’s ‘Biblical Songs’
"Dvořák and Kakacek’s souls are bravely on display, making the recording a balm for our times. Kakacek’s voice is rich, lush, and spellbinding as it traverses the Psalms, and the music allows her to open up her voice in a big way that’s dramatic and riveting while remaining personal."
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).
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.”