The 37-year-old Ukrainian soprano made her Met debut in the opening performance of the run Friday night and displayed something of a rarity these days — a dramatic voice capable of filling the Met in a core Verdi role.
Her high notes were thrilling as the Ethiopian princess who is enslaved. She showed her voice’s steel in “Ritorna vincitor (Return a conqueror)” and its warmth during “O patria mia (O, my country).”
Since her start at the Ukraine National Opera 16 years ago, she has built her career slowly and made her debut at London’s Royal Opera last year as Lady Macbeth. Given the dearth of singers who can perform these parts at the 4,000-capacity Met, she is a singer to watch. She is scheduled for more Aidas and Santuzza at the Met in future seasons.