"In the role of Juliette, soprano Merideth Marano sang with a radiance that floated with ease into the performance space. Ali’s relaxed demeanor onstage combined with the sort of unpretentious girl next door sort of beauty from Marano, created a wonderful energy to the classic that spoke to timeless love then and now. Some of the most beautiful moments of music of the evening came during the duet passages between Marano and Williams. The famous aria “Je veux vivre” better known as “Julliette’s Waltz” was the perfect showpiece for Marano’s agile soprano. During the bedroom garden scene, it was as if Juliette was radiating in the moonlight, perfectly illustrated with the use of a follow spotlight on Juliette, as Romeo stood on the stage declaring his love." Full Article Below.
" Meredith Marano’s Juliette: Marano has dramatic vocal weight with a high register and a gift for coloratura—which is to say, loud and showy—which contrasts with Williams-Ali’s more laid back, sometimes bashful delivery. But both are individually excellent, Marano especially in Act 1’s "Je veux vivre"...But MDLO is a new company, just in its second season. And if it’s going to distinguish itself from the rest, vocal talent is a good bet, because their singers have it in spades." Full Article Below
-Washington City Paper
"MDLO’s production of Roméo et Juliette features some of the most glorious singing I’ve heard in a long time.
As Juliette, lyric coloratura soprano Merideth Marano’s voice was a constant thrill throughout the evening, including the famous aria “Je veux vivre” and the “Potion Aria”, “Dieu! Quel frisson court dans les veines.” Ms. Marano sparkled in her high notes, but brought special poignancy and soulfulness to her lower notes as well. She also brought considerable acting skills to bear in the emotional scenes between Juliette and Roméo from her balcony, and in the tomb where she was laid to rest." Full Article Below
-DC Metro Theater Arts
"Certainly the standout, vocally, was Merideth Marano as Rosalinde. She has a very powerful instrument, with an effortless high D." Full Article Below