… An ingenious way to revive to large parts forgotten music.
Charles T. Downey | The Washington Post (USA)
Finding love has never been so much fun.
Mike Telin | clevelandclassical.com (USA)
Humor, playfulness and musicality. […] The musical performance was at a high level, following and illustrating the textual content. […] Each current madrigal felt respectfully treated and reproduced in a new, refreshing twist.
Christer Eklund | Dalarnas Tidningar (Sweden)
A choir song experience beyond the ordinary. […] Romeo & Julia Kören offered first-class entertainment […] it was a night with all senses open, the performance did not miss anything. […] I have rarely seen so much fun and effective acting with such small gestures and manners. And this combined with a sensual choral sound with a wide musical emotional palette. […] This was the first time the Romeo & Julia Kören appeared in Skovde. May it not be the last !!
Bo Borg | Skaraborgs Allehanda (Sweden)
[…] The singers are progressing slowly towards us and despite the fact that they sing in Italian and it is difficult to perceive the words of vocal singing, you understand absolutely everything. The choir has an absolutely incredible ability to with mines and body language convey the emotional content of their 1500th century songs, whether delivering a humorous drinking song or Gregorian harmonies of death. […] Everything is vivid, funny, unpredictable and skillfully. […] Magic is the word.
Sophie Lossning | Norra Skåne (Sweden)
[…] But this rather dry finding concealed a phenomenally talented, rehearsed and beautifully singing – and not least fun – group of singers, dancers, actors and musicians […] The theater and music association got together for the event and are to be congratulated for the good initiative to bring in Romeo & Julia Kören […].
Anders Falk | Säffle-tidningen (Sweden)
The gigantic difference seems quite clear between a traditional show with Renaissance music performed by a choir and this innovative presentation, full of talent, creativity and charm. The lounge was filled to the last seat with an audience fascinated by the Swedes – with perfect bodies!
During the dinner they offered more music from their English-language repertoire. Anyone who has knowledge of choir music is well aware that the movable way this ensemble performs risk the balance in voices and, not least, pitch and tuning. However, this risk does not exist in this performance. Teatro del Lago again struck a direct hit, and showed that Chile is not only the capital, Santiago, by presenting these artists world-class, which only passed Santiago via its airport.
Mario Córdova | Las Últimas Noticias (Chile)
Decameron abounds with beautiful, seductive ladies, gullible, genuine men, proposed merchant, hypocritical priests and monks, kings and mighty shrewd grooms, all signed with masterful hand, with sumptuous humor, light irony, human warmth and teller’s joy. […] Bravo! Belissimo, we in the audience say. So beautiful to the eye and ear and in a good mood most obscene stories are told in well-jung spirit by six men and six ladies in beautiful costumes. To the accompaniment of drums and theorbo, the choir members moved gracefully around while euphony streamed toward us.
Leif A Jansson | Jönköpingsposten (Sweden)
Romeo & Julia Kören’s fresh and resonant voices, with intonation without the slightest blemish, creates a nearly godlike choral you do not always experience in choirs.
Dag Lundin | Eskilstunakurriren (Sweden)
/ … / this both entertaining and thought-provoking performance which cross borders and hardly fit into any genre. It is in any case more a musical theater than a regular concert, where choral singing, scenic narrative and choreography interacts intimately.
Hallands Nyheter (Sweden)
With an extensive musical vocal art renaissance tones was utilized, French baroque and burlesque folk songs as well. This exquisitely performed music used simultaneously in a theatrical narrative of jealous situations and hearty love exercises. The mix of song, dance and theater in beautiful costume rings requires no special knowledge of Boccaccio’s short story collection “The Decameron”. Everything was affectionate, from the sublime to the mundane, and the solos as well as ensemble singing were top class.
Lage Olsson | Barometern (Sweden)
Playful SUPREME public contact […]
The special feature that Romeo & Julia Kören has developed is a full-fledged musical genre that combines singing, scenic narrative and choreography. […] The result is a playful performance, with excellent audience contact and a twinkle in the eye. […] Romeo & Julia Kören is a very skilled ensemble with a wide range of expression from easy and popular to the elevated sacred. But it is above all the theatrical storytelling I am most impressed by. The singers / actors have a strong stage presence and are not afraid to go the whole hog and offer burlesque humor. There is, of course, just as in Boccaccio, an underlying seriousness. The stories can be about how to draw just over the class-getter at the nose of the Church and the power of double standards and, not least, here is a clear feminist angle, obvious at a time when forced marriage and reasoning marriages were common, and the status of women completely subordinate. It’s a fun and different performance, full of joy and sensuality.
Gregor Flakierski | Allehanda (Sweden)