BYLINE: Michael Barnes, AMERICAN STATESMAN ARTS WRITER
DATE: February 7, 2003
PUBLICATION: Austin American-Statesman (TX)
Let’s be candid: I’ve lost my head for Laura Claycomb .
The Texas-born soprano, who makes her Austin debut with cellist Nina Kotova and pianist Jose Feghali at One World Theatre on Sunday, is exactly what every opera aficionado craves. Her lithe features and ever-expanding acting range allow her to play tender ingenues, comic servants and feisty temptresses with equal aplomb. Her impossibly high, unblemished voice elicits swoons of praise from critics and audiences, while her natural Texan ease dispels any concern that Claycomb , who made her first big splash at the Geneva Opera in 1994, will succumb to « spoiled diva » syndrome.