“She sang the cavatina of “Al dolce guidami’… with a control of breath and omission of tone that was equal parts bewitching and astonishing. Trills were clean and she ornamented with imagination and gusto at the finale. […] Ms. Damrau then favored us with a beautiful song by Brad Ross called, “How Sad No One Waltzes Anymore” which was completely appropriate since she waltzed her way through half of it. It’s a lovely piece that wants a legitimate voice and deserved its place on the program. She also sang it in near flawless American English (hard “r’s and all) which was particularly surprising. I’m sure at this point half the audience was ready to offer her honorary American citizenship.”