"McMillon’s captivating characterization was at one with Gilda’s youthful innocence and on par with her exquisite singing. McMillon brought out the best in Evans’s Rigoletto, both vocally and dramatically, in their moving duets. Gilda’s aria, ‘Caro nome che il mio cor’, was made all the more beautiful and poignant by McMillon’s lighter-than-air high notes and spectacular trills. This is a young soprano to watch."
-Rick Peridian (Seen and Heard International)
"As played Raven McMillon, this Gilda displays all of the naivete, fascination, delusion, and misjudgment of one who is new to love and blinded by it. Add to this McMillon’s versatile coloratura, and you have a magnificent glimpse of one who will be an opera star in short time."
-Neal Zoren (Delco Times)
"Raven McMillon brought an attractive, bell-like soprano to Gilda, and her acting appropriately suggested childlike innocence. She seemed believably susceptible to the Duke’s advances and appropriately vulnerable to the leering men in his entourage."
-Cameron Kelsall (Bach Track)
"[Rigoletto] was well-paired here vocally with the Gilda of Raven McMillon, who brought an often exquisitely lovely and very girlish timbre to the music, and executed the passagework with taste and style."
-David Fox (Parterre Box)
"... showing occasional brilliance with her high coloratura flourishes dropping to lovely low tones. She absolutely nailed “Caro Nome”; her thunderous applause was well deserved."
"Raven McMillon is the tiny powerhouse Gilda. Her mastery of the role brought down the house with acclaim several times this night."
-Ralph Malachowski (Philly Gay Calendar)
The Snowy Day (2021)
"Soprano Raven McMillon’s warm voice and wide-eyed demeanor lent Peter an aura of sweetness and innocence the carried through his playfulness."
-Steven Brown (Texas Classical Review)
"As the central character, Raven McMillon’s Peter is a career-making performance, flawless in singing and enacting the delight of a young boy’s first experience playing in the snow."
-Janos Gereben (San Francisco Classical Voice)
"McMillon carries the leading role as easily as Peter might make a snow angel."
-Chris Gray (Houston Chronicle)
"Dressed in the iconic hooded red snowsuit illustrated in the book, McMillon was convincing and affecting as a child experiencing snow for the first time. McMillon, in her second year as an HGO Studio Artist, brought a bright-sounding, youthful voice to the role."
-William Burnett (Opera Warhorses)
Hansel and Gretel (2021)
"Bouncy in overalls, Sun-Ly Pierce’s Hansel and Raven McMillon’s Gretel light up the computer monitor with histrionic zest. It’s quite a coming-out party for McMillon, whose sense of fun, voluptuous tone, and joy in singing landed her in the winners’ circle at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions last month."
-Matthew Gurewitsch (Air Mail)
The Metropolitan Opera's Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition (2021)
"Winning soprano Raven McMillon was clear as a bell in the fairy godmother's aria from Massenet's CENDRILLON, "Ah! Douce enfant" as well as in the gorgeous Presentation of the Rose, "Ich bin Euer Liebden sehr verbunden," from DER ROSENKAVALIER (Strauss)."
-Richard Sasanow (Broadway World)
"With a bright, crisp, silvery tone, Raven McMillon made light work of Massenet’s “Ah! Douce enfant,” vacillating between precisely articulated coloratura and opulent high-register pianissimo. Her performance of “Ich bin Euer Liebden sehr verbunden” from Der Rosenkavalier took on darker, more sultry colors; it was elegantly phrased – each note impeccably shaped, even in the decidedly meditative tempo."
-Callum John Blackmore (Parterre Box)
L'enfant et les sortilèges (2020)
"Raven McMillon performed the high-flying part of The Princess with a radiant voice, sung against a solo flute while flinging streams of sparkles from her fingertips."
-Janelle Gelfand (Cincinnati Business Courier)
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