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“Meghan Picerno, who plays Christine, is no impressionable ingenue. Trained in opera and with powerful soprano vocals, Picerno offers a stronger interpretation of the normally naive character; portraying Christine as being a fighter and unafraid to stand up against those that are set to control her. We absolutely loved Picerno’s interpretation of Christine; a much-appropriate update for our current societal climate, and one that she performs amazingly!...”
“But when it comes down to it, the success of The Phantom of the Opera ultimately hinges on the performances of the three primary cast members and the believability of their tangled love triangle. Each of the actors are skilled in their own right, with Meghan Picerno by far the strongest singer of the three, her opera training clearly coming across in challenging numbers such as “Think of Me”. Between the three protagonists, it’s not hard at all to root for her throughout based on her strength of will alone, her ingenue character a foil to a ferocious courage beneath, and one Picerno embodies well, playing the role with gusto.”
“Meghan Picerno’s Christine carefully treads the lines of naiveté and fear for the Phantom. At constant battle within herself to resist the Phantom’s seduction, her faultless portrayal is second only to her soaring vocals.”
“Meghan Picerno shows her pitch perfect soprano range as Christine. Her moments of vulnerability shone through her emotional rendition of 'Angel of Music'...The three main leads were sparkling in their performance. From intimate moments between the Phantom and Christine at the challenging duet of 'The Phantom of the Opera' to Raoul and Christine sharing a tender moment with their rendition of 'All I ask of You'.
—The Wacky Duo
“After 12 years of watching, dissecting and more importantly, supporting the musical theatre scene growing slowly here in Singapore it is a THRILL personally for me to experience Meghan Picerno and Matt Leisy bring this awesomely beautiful visual spectacle and poignant vocalization of this musical into our hearts and minds. The acting, the singing, the dancing all come together like a fine whipped cream...forever delighting the senses at every scene change.... These two young, brave performers' chemistry on stage is spin tingling. There musicianship is quite astounding. Two of our worlds most gifted musical theatre legends to be...”
“Meghan Picerno, who plays Christine was an amazing singer. Her powerful soprano vocals gave me goosebumps during the scene when she was trained by The Phantom.”
“Viewed through a modern lens, there certainly are problematic elements to the story, most of which lie with its treatment of Christine. However, as played by Meghan Picerno, Christine is a fighter. She goes from giving up her voice and her power to taking it back and not letting the men around her define her, as they try to do for the entire show. Picerno has an excellent look of panic whenever Christine realises that the Phantom is nearby, and during the moments when Christine is happy, she really sells that. Picerno plays the ending of “Think of Me” perfectly – as Christine begins the cadenza, she seems unsure of herself, then as she continues, she finds her groove, and ends triumphantly, having made a stunning debut”
“Roxmouth and Picerno's undeniable chemistry as the Phantom and Christine especially when we were introduced to the Phantom during Little Lotte.../The Mirror... and the crucial point where we find out the Phantom's secret in I Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt It, had us holding the edge of our seats... Her pure portrayal of the young Christine Daaé and got us in sniffles at the end of "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again".
“Meghan Picerno (Christine Daaé) and Matt Leisy (Raoul de Chagny) pulled at heartstrings with their rendition of All I Ask of You, while they look into each other’s eyes and chose to believe in their love. Their voices soared with joy, performing the song with chemistry and ease.”
“I was struck by how the themes of the musical seem so relevant in these days of the #MeToo movement...Based on the cast recordings I’ve heard, this production’s Christine, played by Meghan Picerno, is a stronger interpretation. Picerno’s powerful vocals does not portray the young soprano as a victim, as she is unafraid to collide against the forces that are set to control her.”
--Click The City
“Christine is oft-said to be the “Angel of Music,” and actress Meghan Picerno certainly lives up to the title with her unfaltering notes even in the notoriously soaring portions meant to show exactly why her character is special.”
“Now let’s talk about the music of the night.
The singing was superb, with Meghan hitting every note of her operatic numbers, including favorites like “Think of Me,” “Angel of Music,” and “All I Ask of You” (a duet with Matt). A spine-tingling, hair-raising moment was when she did the famous soprano part for “The Phantom of the Opera”—at the sound of the first five notes of this main theme, you could almost hear the audience gasping. When Jonathan tells his angel of music to “sing,” sing Meghan did—and powerfully! Equally mesmerizing was their rendition of “The Point of No Return.”
“...her voice has this clarity that pierces through the audience. Watching her transform as the shy ballet dancer to the star of the stage makes one wonder how this huge voice could come from such a tiny woman.”
-GMA news online
“With absolute domination of the style in musical key, tenor Paul Appleby and Soprano Meghan “grazed and packed the papers” of Candide and Cunegonde— Picerno took the most applause of the night with the pyrotechnics of Glitter and be Gay…”
“Meghan Picerno’s Cunegonde was delicious”
“Picerno excelled (you can see her experience in musical theater) in her performances, and was a coloratura soprano that captivated us since the beginning, awakening the enthusiasm of the audience (especially with “Glitter and Be Gay”)”
"A relatively unknown young soprano, Meghan Picerno, was announced to play Cunegonde, and any doubts one might have had were quickly dissipated. From the first scenes it was clear that she is a singer who can dominate this character from top to bottom. A light soprano with an attractive voice, she showed an enormous ease on stage. She had no problems with the most difficult passages and was exceptionally bright in the aria ‘Glitter and Be Gay’, earning a huge ovation from the audience."
—Seen and Heard
“…her best known “Glitter and Be Gay” performed brilliantly, gaining an ovation of those that usually do not occur in the Liceu”.
“Meghan Picerno’s Cuengonde, with an indisputable theatrical sparkle, received a well-deserved ovation for the virtuostic Glitter and Be Gay, which she executed with punch and intelligence”
"Cunegonde, meanwhile, was by far the standout vocal performance of the night, portrayed to doe-eyed perfection by Meghan Picerno...the security of her technique pays off. Her dazzlingly demanding aria “Glitter and Be Gay” was a tour de force, showing off a direct, beaming coloratura soprano, a firm and bristling chest voice, and superb musical instincts...she traipsed easily through Bernstein’s torturous writing, still managing to find all the humor of the character along the way.”
--Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review
“Picerno sets the audience ablaze with her Act One showstopper, “Glitter and Be Gay,” one of the most challenging and delightful coloratura arias in the canon. The song was written to showcase an extraordinary young voice — powerful, agile, wide-ranging — and beyond all doubt, Picerno’s got it."
-- Joesph Cermatori, The Village Voice
"The revelation is Meghan Picerno who handles the musical’s best-known show piece, Cunegonde’s double-edged lament “Glitter And Be Gay,” with sparkling ease for a coloratura’s rollercoaster ride fit to challenge any Queen of the Night."
--Jeremy Gerard, Deadline.com
"The real beauty of the evening was Meghan Picerno, clear of voice and crisp of diction, who managed the challenging “Glitter and be Gay” with aplomb."
--Jil Picariello, Huffington Post
"Meghan Picerno plays Cunégonde with a glittery soprano and bites into the character's lust for bling with crisp comic panache."
--Michael Dale, Broadway World
"The remarkable cast is, like the work itself, a hybrid – made up of opera singers who can seriously act, and Broadway actors who can seriously sing. The vocal heavyweights in the troupe are opera singers: the delightfully appealing coloratura soprano Meghan Picerno as Cunegonde...Picerno has the daunting task of singing the challenging “Glitter and Be Gay,” and she handles both the difficult vocalizing and simultaneous acting with near perfection.”
--Marilyn Lester, Theater Pizazz
"Picerno’s Cunegonde is a savvy ingenue whose flexible soprano bolsters a winning, charismatic sense of humor”
--Patrick Clement James, Parterre.com
"Meghan Picerno was a down-to-earth Cunegonde by way of sassy Long Island, her coloratura sparkle displayed with aplomb in Glitter and Be Gay”
--Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal
"But the glittering jewel of the evening is Ms. Picerno who has a golden voice and the slapstick elegance of a born comedienne...Not only was I impressed by the Broadway performers but the Opera singers dazzled me; especially Meghan Picerno who has the most breath-taking range and yet had the comic persona of a Madelyn Kahn. She was utterly enchanting no matter what horrid situation she landed in."
-- Eva Heinemann & Mark Savitt, Hi Drama
"Still, it’s the big numbers that make “Candide” memorable, and the brightest moments of Thursday’s performance all involved soprano Meghan Picerno. Making her San Francisco debut as Candide’s beloved Cunegonde, Picerno ascended the coloratura heights of “Glitter and Be Gay” with jaw-dropping precision, and her comic scenes were crisp and extroverted."
-- Georgia Rowe, San Francisco Examiner
"Meghan Picerno, as his beloved Cunegonde, maneuvered the stratospheric demands of the role with easy brilliance.."
-- Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Gate
"Meghan Picerno, as Cunegonde, added gymnastics along with vocal acrobatics that made "Glitter and Be Gay" even more of a showstopper than usual.."
-- Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
"Leading actors and opera veterans, Gardar Thor Cortes and Meghan Picerno, playing the Phantom and Christine, respectively, both had expressive voices and the chemistry needed to play the dramatic scenes such as the characters seeing each other for the first time in 10 years and reminiscing over their last shared night."
-- Victoria Radcliffe, The Observer
"Gadar Thor Cortes as The Phantom has a bountiful and powerful voice, as does Meghan Picerno who plays Christine. They are wonderful."
-- Christine Howey, Cleveland Scene
-- Nancy Grossman, Broadway World
"The amazing cast performs the material with utter seriousness, hitting all the right notes vocally and dramatically."
-- Scott C. Morgan, Daily Herald
"Picerno has the operatic voice to do justice to the lovely arias that have been written for the character in the sequel (she certainly earned the applause she received for her vocal work on the show's signature song)."
-- Misha Davenport, Broadway World