Alex Penda in a memorable debut as Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele — Pfingstfestspiele Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

She is a total singing-actress who combines voice and physicality in the most remarkable way.  Her big set piece ‘l’altra notte in fondo al mare’ exemplified this approach. Sung in a voice that seemed almost suffocated she explored the lines lyrically yet opened up the tone where it was needed.  This description sounds clinical but it was anything but. Her singing was so honest and brought her character so completely to life and she found incredible reserves of power towards the end of her scene, the voice ringing out through the theatre.  This was without doubt the work of a master singing-actor.OPERATRAVELLER, 18 May 2016