The Boston Globe

"Mezzo Soprano Magda Gartner energetically and beautifully sang and acted the "trouser role" of Aurelio.


However, the opera’s true heart was mezzo-soprano Magda Gartner in a pants (cross-dressing) role as Eleonora’s hot-headed husband, Aurelio, one of the six sacrifices. With a voice that could brush the ground and kiss the stratosphere, Gartner’s vocalism and actng alike conveyed the horror of living under siege, even when the music was dissonantly jaunty in comparison to the lyrics -- for example, Aurelio’s aria describing a nightmare in which his baby son is slaughtered. Any moment when she and Cesaroni joined in harmony was exquisite."

(Zoe Madonna)

The Donizetti Society

“The real standout of the cast was Magda Gartner as Aurelio, the pants role at the heart of the story. She is a mezzo soprano of real note, handling the beautiful legato of her entrance cavatina and the intricate coloratura of its cabaletta.” 


New York Classical Review

"Mezzo Soprano Magda Gartner showed a weighty middle voice and piercing top as La Aurora and her emotional connection to the lyricism of "Ay Amor" made it the most memorable aria of the evening"

(Eric C. Simpson)

Opera News

"Magda Gartner’s attractive Cherubino was particularly enjoyable and especially well acted. Gartner was the epitome of a love sick adolescent boy, and was hilarious when dressed up as a girl."

(Luther Wade)