April 7, 2020
“At the Consulate, Layna Chianakas was a compelling Secretary, showing occasional glimpses of the real person behind the bureaucratic faÁ§ade before her change of heart near the end of the opera. Dayton Opera’s Amneris a few seasons ago, Chianakas brought plenty of voice to the role, making her a real foil to Magda Sorel.”
Opera News
“Mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas turned a martinet functionary into a conflicted human being with glimmers of compassion.”
Seen and Heard International
“Layna Chianakas triumphed as our Amneris in Aida, and Donna Elvira, Suzuki and Maddalena. Her marvelous mezzo-soprano voice and lithe beauty bring power to each role. In The Consul, she had to preserve a rigid demeanor as she refused and frustrated each of the applicants. With stage perfection, she presented this bureaucratic antagonism but always allowed her true sympathetic character to reveal itself at the perfect time.”
The Oakwood Register