The highlight of last nights concert was your rendition of Arlen/Mercer's " Blues in the Night" and the audiences response to your performance of it. It was a truly spontaneous reaction from the public and the orchestra that was both sincere and justified. Take ANOTHER bow! You deserve it! My response to your talents is the same as when I first heard you: There isn't a singer in the world that could not profit from your considerable artistry and your exceptional "presentation" of the material. You "inhabit" it, you "live" it ......and this is totally organic and natural. I am reminded of Maria Callas. (From me, the Ultimate Compliment to a performer.) And if you haven't already, please put my name on your list of references. I see you now as being part of our NCSO "extended family"!
All the Best,
Maestro Bill Curry
North Carolina Theatre
Rozlyn Sorrell: Press
“... deep, rich chest tones as well as roof-raising high notes...examples of vocal virtuosity to which everyone in the audience responded with shouts of appreciation.”
Burning Coal Presents Ruined, a Rare and Important Production for Raleigh:
Sorrell embodies Mama Nadi’s take-it-or-leave-it honesty as she resists Christian and attempts to care for the women in her care.
War crimes onstage in Raleigh at Burning Coal Theatre's Ruined:
Through little more than force of will, razor-sharp negotiating skills, personal charm and the semi-dependable supply of black-market items she gets from Christian, Mama Nadi (the captivating Rozlyn Sorrell) has staked out a provisional sanctuary on disputed territory.
Gripping ‘Ruined’ exposes horror of world’s rape capital
Rozlyn Sorrell heads the cast of 12 with her sassy, sharp-witted Mama, allowing the character’s caring heart to shine through as she tries to help Sophie have a better life.
RUINED Brings Africa to the Triangle:
The ensemble cast, led by Rozlyn Sorrell as Mama Nadi, brings the play to life. Sorrell is well-cast as the matriarch the show, and shows range as an actress, bringing out comedic moments from the serious material.
Burning Coal’s “Ruined” Offers a Dose of Harsh Reality:
The play, set in war-ravaged Africa, takes a look at the lives of three young women who work in a brothel and the brothel owner herself, Mama Nadi (Rozlyn Sorrell), ruled with an iron fist and a subtle hint of kindness.
Rozlyn, Thank you for again participating in WRAL's Pops in the Park event. Your selections were perfect for our outdoor concert and you truly captivated our audience of over 7,000! The standing ovation you received was certainly well deserved!
...soprano Rozlyn Sorrell's chill, stratospherically spiraling grief in Jester Hairson's arrangement of "Sometimes I feel Like a Motherless Child"...
Rozlyn Sorrell, brilliant soprano,...Her tones were crystal clear, and her diction was impeccable. ...and the audience gave her thunderous applause following each of her arias.
Soprano Rozlyn Sorrell embodied the blues style in a moving "My Man's Gone Now," filled with evocative portamento. At the end of the song, she slid up as the orchestra slid down in a stylized keening over the dead, an effect that raised goose bumps.
...and Rozlyn Sorrell's "My Man's Gone Now" embodied a high lonesome sound that also seethed with bitterness.