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Abreu is a discovery! Hear what the critics had to say about COT's Donizetti Double Bill.

 Il Pigmalione with Chicago Opera Theater ©Liz Lauren

Il Pigmalione with Chicago Opera Theater ©Liz Lauren

 Rita with Angela Mortellaro and Chicago Opera Theater ©Liz Lauren

Rita with Angela Mortellaro and Chicago Opera Theater ©Liz Lauren

"Abreu brings off the suicidal artist’s 30-minute succession of arias and accompanied recitatives most skillfully. The Puerto Rican tenor Abreu commands not only a bright, honeyed lyric tenor and a disarmingly easy way of negotiating Beppe’s sometimes floridly demanding vocal lines, but he’s very funny, too, as the cowed hubby, with a rubbery flair for physical comedy. Watch him fly high above the clouds on wires as Beppe exults in his temporary freedom from his marriage vows. Abreu is a discovery."  - John von Rhein, The Chicago Tribune

"...heavenly Puerto Rico tenor Javier Abreu" - Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema

"Abreu was simply the star of the night, partly because of the physical demands his role had in contrast to the others. The Puerto Rican had to climb down from the balcony in the opening moments and later sang while “flying” in a scene you have to see in person to appreciate. Abreu flourished in Rita with his bel canto singing and hysterical facial expressions of a henpecked husband. His stage presence lit up the auditorium." - Santosh Venkatara, Operawire

"Tenor Javier Abreu is scrumptious as the inept but good-hearted Beppe. This buffo Beppe is a comic marvel whether he’s speaking, singing, or silently making mischief, and his realization of his true affection for Rita is convincing and satisfying." - M.L. Rantala, Hyde Park Herald

"Tenor Javier Abreu (the artist) and soprano Angela Mortellaro (the statue) are superb..." - Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader