Iwona Sobotka has received great critical acclaim for her return concert at the Barbican with London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, where she stars in Berg’s Lulu and Beethoven 9th Symphony.
The apotheosis was reached in Iwona Sobotka’s singing of that central Lied; with a strong, glowing upper register, the Polish soprano encapsulated the soundworld of Berg’s anti-heroine.[…] Sobotka returned at the end of the evening for Schiller’s finale in the Beethoven, at the head of a quartet of soloists […]. They were excellent.
John Alison – The Telegraph
Iwona Sobotka, who soared through the Beethoven solo soprano lines, had in the first half been the soloist in Berg’s Lulu Suite, her tone luscious, her highest notes teetering on the edge of vulnerability.
Erica Jeal – The Guardian
Iwona Sobotka’s lustrous soprano, and her gleaming tone and accuracy above the stave were ideal in the central Lied der Lulu and in the final despairing appeal of Countess Geschwitz.
Roy Westbrook – Bachtrack
All four soloists in the choral finale were excellent. [..] Sobotka was also the soloist in Berg’s Lulu Suite, here projected with a real sense of the character, for all the questionable morality that surrounds the opera, as true to herself: again total conviction from Sir Simon and his performers.
John Koli – Moose Gazette