"Singing her first Alcina, and in glittering
costumes created by Michael Stennett, Rosamund Illing introduces a most appealing
characterization to the role....Here is a sorceress capable of an exceedingly
withering look, but also with a human frailty not often depicted in this part.
Early on opening night, it was possible to detect in Illing a sense of nervousness
and an over-consciousness on the stage movements. But in the second and third
acts, as Alcina vents her anger and desperation, Illing's performance glowed
with a pleasing maturity and a vivid confidence."
Jeremy Vincent, The Australian (April 29, 1996)