Mannheim - La Juive

“Astrid Kessler’s Rachel is spectacular; singing the highly-demanding role free and unforced, her acting agile and effortless.” (Frankfurter Rundschau – 11.01.16)

“Astrid Kessler sings the role of Rachel brilliantly. Her lyrical cantilenas make tangible the longing for a peaceful coexistance, beyond religous boundaries.” (SWR – 11.01.16)

“Kesslers highly expressive singing and presence on stage get under the skin.”
(Die deutsche Bühne, 12. Januar 2016)

“Astrid Kessler is the event of the evening on stage. Not only does she more than do justice to the role vocally, she impresses moreover with her intense acting performance, as she suffers through an emotional roller coaster as a multiply betrayed woman.”
(Opernnetz, 12. Januar 2016)

Volksoper Wien - Countess Mariza

Astrid Kessler portrays [this heavily nicotin-craving Mariza] as a woman as hurtful as she is hurtable, who one would happily send to a session with Freud. Kessler impresses the most vocally, too: her powerful soprano can add on the decisive wattage when orchestra and choir are already at their fullest.” (DiePresse.com – 23.04.14)

“Astrid Kessler is just as on point in anger as in moments of resignation, which she profoundly ennobles vocally as well.” (Der Standard – 24.03.14)

“…while Astrid Kessler celebrated a justly acclaimed Volksoper debut as a paprika-countess far from the lost world war, tormented by impertinent advances by wannabes and royal rogues, and of course a slave of her own imperious personality. In addition to her divaesque appearance, the strong presence of her voice also impressed.” (Wiener Zeitung – 24.03.14)

Bielefeld - Giovanna d'Arco

With her powerful, emotional voice, her acting, and a feel for the nuances of the inner dialogues, she created her Giovanna… a delicate, vulnerable girl, victim of her patriotic disposition and the foulest betrayal. An abused heroine.” (Der Opernfreund)

“With her supple, lyric soprano, still slender in its expanse, and her natural play and organic phrasing, [Astrid Kessler] creates a moving title character.” (Die deutsche Bühne – Januar 2014)

“Astrid Kessler is a precise, natural Giovanna, a powerfully radiant, fresh soprano who can also conjure moments of magical tenderness. Simply thrilling.” (Neue Westfälische – 13.10.13)