“One of the things that this production has going for it is a fine lead in soprano Susanne Kivela. Pulled in less than two week ago from the understudy ranks, Kivela not only has a lovely coloratura voice, but also looks sensational on stage. For once we have an enchanting, believable Widow."

The Daily Journal-American

"The exciting voice of soprano Susanne Kivela was excellent. Her range and dramatic timbre fit well with the particularly forceful utterance of her text."

The Grand Rapids Press


"The operatic fairy tale makes world premiere. Susanne Kivela, who plays Rip VanWinkle's wife, has a classical and operatic voice that soared above the orchestra with brilliance and clarity."

Lansing State Journal