Vivaldi’s Cato In Utica (Glimmerglass, 2015)

“[The] Young Artists showed individual, agile voices and dramatic chops: two expert, attractive singing actresses—subtle, moving soprano Megan Samarin (Marzia) and incisive, daring mezzo Allegra De Vita (Fulvio)…”

David Shengold, Opera (UK)  <November 2015>

“As Caesar’s lieutenant Fulvio, mezzo Allegra De Vita (yet another Young Artist) offered some of the best singing of the evening; her voice is compact yet well-projected, and this role’s demanding passagework was dispatched with bravura.”

Fred Cohn, Opera News  <October 2015>

“Allegra De Vita, makes a handsome contribution as Fulvio, the opera’s travesti role.”

Michael Johnson, <August 30, 2015>

“Allegra De Vita served the role of Fulvio well, with a gleaming mezzo of great presence and security. Ms. De Vita exuded lots of personality and she had a handsome stage presence. This was the sort of assured performance from a Young Artist that foretells even greater things.”

James Sohre, Opera Today <August 12. 2015>

“;she seduces the Roman legate, Fulvio (Allegra De Vita, excellent in this pants role) to assist her plot.”

Pat Thorpe, <July 31, 2015>

“Allegra De Vita as Fulvio created what was for me the most convincing cross-gender “pants role” of any stage production I’ve ever seen. This mezzo-soprano so attacked her music with a kind of masculine passion and brought such athleticism to the stage, she was “a beast.””

Susan Galbraith, <July 21, 2015>

“De Vita sang with a handsome mezzo that when needed had the necessary edge to deliver the proper degree of heat and passion in her L’ira mia, bella sdegnata.”

David Abrams, CNY Café Momus <July 20, 2015>

“In yet another baroque convention, a woman artist (Allegra De Vita, a mezzo-soprano) plays the part of Caesar’s (male) emissary, Fulvio.   Allegra De Vita’s Fulvio was brilliantly sung and warmly received.”

William Burnett, Opera Warhorses <July 19, 2015>

“I adored the three women in the cast—Sarah Mesko as Emilia, Pompey’s vengeful widow; Allegra De Vita as Fulvio, Caesar’s aide, who loves Emilia; and Megan Samarin as Marzia, Cato’s daughter, whom he has promised to Arbace, but who loves Caesar. Miss De Vita and Miss Samarin are both Glimmerglass Young Artists. All three young women sang beautifully from bottom to top of their quite extensive ranges, all sang Vivaldi’s challenging coloratura with ease, all conveyed their characters’ turbulent emotions quite well.”

David Browing, Taminophile <July 19, 2015