The Arts desk
Nancy Fabiola Herrera embodies the character of the untamed and seductive gypsy with her voice and physical presence; her voice is flexible throughout its range and the extremes of great emotion – sensual in the Habanera, vivacious in the Sequidilla, and mysterious in the Card Scene. Hers is a voice with the warm mezzo color and seductive tone necessary in the Sevillian cigar factory, and last Friday with abundant lush, golden phrases, Nancy Fabiola seduced the audience.
A magical and Spanish [production of] Carmen … with the beautiful, experienced, and perfect Carmen of the Canarian mezzo Nancy Fabiola Herrera
Nancy Fabiola Herrera is Carmen, literally. Rarely can be seen on a stage a character so perfectly embodied by his/her interpreter. Without registration problems, her voice sounds sensual and suggestive in the Habanera and Seguidilla, and forceful and dramatic in the Card Scene and in the last bars of the Fourth Act when she reminds Don Jose that she has lived free and free she will die.
A superb Nancy Herrera took the starring role, appearing as an extremely sensual and powerful Dalila, owner of the scene and with full control over her voice, knowing how to dose to reach full guarantees at the end of the opera, and especially offering a second act of remembrance, both in the duet with Carlos Alvarez as in her interpretation of 'Mon coeur a ta voix s'ouvre', demonstrating the rich nuances of such a multifaceted role, with great ambiguity in her feelings.
Spanish mezzo Nancy Fabiola Herrera, who has sung the role around the world (including London, New York, Tokyo, and Barcelona) brought real stagecraft to the title role. There was no doubting this Carmen's seductive skills or perverse fatalism.
Australian Book Review
This distinguished opera of love and life revealed not only the courage of its composer, but also that of its true Queen of the night, the amazing Spanish mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera. Her performance was delivered with great conviction as she convinced those watching, that she had that often indefinable, elusive quality that cannot help but charm ... je ne sais quoi.
The Culture Concept
The star of the evening was Nancy Fabiola Herrera. She offered a Dalila of exquisite taste thanks to an impeccable technique.
As Dalila,we had the privilage of enjoying the formidable voice of Nancy Fabiola Herrera, role that suits her as a glove. She remarkably pulls out the musicality and in an absolutely convincing way the dramatic psychology of the character.
Herrera invests Carmen with sensuous magnetism that attracts an almost hypnotic attention...
Yet it was Spanish Mezzo Nancy Fabiola Herrera as Carmen who owned the night and, as the program notes suggest, has rightfully earned an emerging reputation as the Carmen-of-the-moment.
Sydney Arts Guide
Nancy Fabiola Herrera is magnificent as the gypsy siren, with her deep-throated delivery, her full-bodied figure, and an animal magnetism that drives her lover, the Corporal Don José, crazy with jealousy.
Besides possessing the requisite lustrous, malleable, mezzo-soprano voice, Ms Herrera also looks ravishing, dances passionately, and is a superb actress, so thoroughly possessing the role so that it is hard to take your eyes off her whenever she's on stage, which is exactly as this role is meant to be.
The cast was dominated, as it should be, by a Salud sung with strength and firmness; Nancy Fabiola Herrera sung wonderfully, both her voice and her interpretation, the young gypsy abandoned.
Spanish mezzo Nancy Fabiola Herrera convinced at all times for the purity of her tone through the entire range of her register.
Mezzosoprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera added the fourth voice to the famous Quartet; she sounded wonderful, and I wish she was at The Met more frequently.
Nancy Fabiola Herrera, perfect as Maddalena.
Nancy Fabiola Herrera, in her debut at the Bayerische Saatsoper, was given a huge ovation. Her Carmen has as much richness in the low notes as quality in the high notes, reaching both registers with ease. She is also totally convincing from an acting point of view, dominating the stage and seductive at all times, she also plays the castanets with great skill.
Der Neue Merker
Nancy Fabiola Herrera's warm and well-pitched tone shone; one instance of her class was the contrast of the beautiful pianissimo in the second attack of "Se tu m'ami". Similarly she sang a couple of expansive and powerful notes which can only be produced by opera singers used to the vocal expansion of this genre.