Mariya Krywaniuk as Butterfly / Cio-Cio San stole the show. Whilst a leading soprano’s appearance is not always important if her voice is good enough, in this case it was good to see a young singer who could convey all the vulnerability of a fifteen-year old trying to be as adult as she can, after being thrust into a truly alien situation. Mariya Krywaniuk’s voice is very delicate and pure and was at its absolute best in ‘One Fine Day / Un Bel Dì.’
Bill Kenny- Seen and Heard International
She is beautiful and sexy, passionate and in some ways childlike (as Cio Cio San). She is a true operatic personality- and Butterfly hardly needs any other.
Michael Tanner- The Spectator
Canadian soprano Mariya Krywaniuk, singing with lusty, loud passion- 'One fine day'- certainly did what it should.
Peter Reed- Opera
As they spent their last moments together Rudolfo's (Michael Scott) delightfully restrained tenor notes and Mimi's (Mariya Krywaniuk) mellowed soprano tones were clearly heard allowing the poignancy and passion to seep through their duet.
Jill Bacon- Gloucester Citizen
Outstanding though, is Canadian soprano, Mariya Krywaniuk as The Step Mother (The Juniper Tree). She has an amazingly athletic singing voice, but her acting and facial and body language epitomise the archetypical wicked stepmother. If looks could kill …
Thomas Forsythe- Mark Aspen Wordpress