Liederabend | Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. | January 2010

“…an evening to remember…she sang with flexibility and self-assurance that comes with familiarity with the score and poetry. Her voice is ideally suited to the demands of Strauss, capable of transparent lightness at the top, but with enough weight to power through a long phrase.This soft velvet ribbon of sound, given various colours, served to evoke, among other qualities, the anxiety of a boy’s beating heart in “Schlagende Herzen,” naive sweetness in “Nachtgang” and wintry gloom in “Mein Herz Ist Stumm.” Impressive control of upper and lower registers made for seamless connections between them in the last phrase of the lovely “Die Nacht.”…The Mahler songs…offered an even greater range of characterization for Schwanewilms’s dramatic skill.”

The Washington Post