U3A 2008 Summer Newsletter, John Bartholomew
Karin, having recently attracted very positive attention from the specialist press, may well be on the verge of a significant career. Both voice and personality are bright, attractive and more powerful than one might expect from the frame. This was evidenced by the Verdi aria with which she finished the recital, and the charming Mozart songs at the beginning. She should have a secure, immediate, future in the soubrette roles in the Mozart operas which are the staples for the major international companies. Susanna`s “Deh Vieni non tardar” from the Marriage of Figaro is a great test for this kind of voice, being both very well known and heart-rendingly beautiful when delivered effectively. Karin did not let us down!
From the website www.moretolife08.org.uk Feb 2008
…an unexpected delight. Karin Thyselius, the singer, captivated us from the outset, with her poise and a voice that moved effortlessly between styles and had such beautiful and varying tone qualities. The accompanist, Michael Brownlee Walker, supported and communicated with the singer in playing that was subtle and sensitive, yet at times, we were thrilled by moments of solo piano enabling him to demonstrate his technical brilliance. …beautiful poetry interspersed the music, linking with its themes, giving time for reflection. This really was an evening of enrichment for the soul.
The Stage, Thom Dibdin, 9 October 2007
The early energy keeps on coming right to the end, with Carey Jones leading in the city guards, and plenty of energy from Karin Thyselius as Berta and Giles Tomkins as Don Basilio.
The Times, Geoff Brown, 8 October 2007
… as the governess Berta, Karin Thyselius makes her one aria count.
The Telegraph, Matthew Rye, 5 October 2007
Among the smaller roles, Paul Carey Jones is an ebullient Fiorello, Giles Tomkins a suitably slimy Don Basilio, and Karin Thyselius a perpetually flustered Berta – superb in her one aria.
The Opera Critic, Catriona Graham, 23 November 2007
The sneezing Berta (Karin Thyselius) consoles her single state by emptying every glass she can lay her hands on.
The Inverness Courier, 20 November 2007
… while the minor roles were well filled by Giles Tomkins (as Don Basilio), Karin Thyselius (as Berta, Rosina’s governess), Paul Carey Jones and Paul Anwyl.
Student, Zeenath Islam, 27 November 2007
Karin Thyselius as Berta, Rosina’s governess, reaches far beyond her relatively minor role, revelling in the ridiculousness of the alcoholic spinter’s neurosis.
Opera, Andrew Clark, December 2007
… there was plenty to enjoy in Nicholas Folwell’s Italianate Dr Bartolo and Karin Thyselius’s spunky Berta.
The Sunday Telegraph, John Allison, 14 Oct 2007
… and Karin Thyselius makes a manic Berta.
Opera Now, Neil Jones, Jan/Feb 2008
… Paul Anwyl, Paul Carey Jones and Karin Thyselius gave superb support as Ambrogio, the Officer and Berta respectively.
Musicalcriticism.com, Mary Robb, 28 November 2007
There was also excellent company singing at the end of the first act between the sextet soloists (Dr. Bartolo, Rosina, Almaviva, Figaro, Don Basilio and Berta) and chorus creating a thrilling end to the first half of the performance. … Final credit should also go to Karin Thyselius who played the small but important role of Berta, Bartolo’s servant, singing her second-act aria brilliantly.
Music and Vision, Robert Hugill, 6 June 2007
The three boys (Karin Thyselius, Hanna Jones and Zoe Taylor) popped up neatly at various points, without ever clarifying who they really are. But that does not matter when they are as delightfully sung and performed as here.
Musical Pointers, Serena Fenwick, Oct 2007
Soprano Karin Thyselius, appearing as a much acclaimed Berta in (Il barbiere di Siviglia) in Scottish Opera’s tour, demonstrated her facility for comedy in A Bar on the Piccola Marina, and with Verdi’s Lo Spazzacamino she showed off an impressively flexible coloratura.
Ilford Recorder, April 2007
Throughout the evening the audience was treated to several outstanding solo items. Soprano Karin Thyselius and baritone Ørjan Hartveit delighted listeners. Both have wonderful voices and undoubtedly will enjoy successful careers.