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“Utah’s own Celena Shafer brought her world-class musicianship to the soloist’s role in the cantata... Her brilliant soprano voice glittered in the coloratura passages, while her interpretive gifts brought emotional weight to the more reflective moments.“   -Bach cantata at the NOVA Chamber Music Series, THE SALT LAKT TRIBUNE, October 26, 2014

“Utah soprano Celena Shafer dazzled the crowd with her effervescent performance of Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Voices of Spring,“ a piece she said has been on her wish list for a long time.“   - Touring Utah‘s National Parks w/ Utah Symphony, THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, August 14, 2014

“...Bisected by the waltz “Voices of Spring,“ composed by Johann Strauss Jr. and sung by the gifted, silver-voiced soprano Celena Shafer. A Utah native who continues to make her home in the state, she wowed the crowd—and with good reason, given her technical facility and unaffected manner.“   - Touring Utah‘s National Parks w/ Utah Symphony, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, August 13, 2014

“The production’s biggest draw is Celena Shafer, the Utah-born soprano who has sung leading roles in many of the world’s leading opera houses. Shafer stars as Konstanze, a Spanish noblewoman stuck in a Turkish harem, where her trying circumstances inspire her to sing some of the most virtuosic music Mozart ever devised. The apparent ease with which she executed the coloratura gymnastics of ‘Martern aller Arten‘ on opening night made her spectacular delivery of the aria all the more impressive.“   -"Abduction From the Seraglio" w/ Utah Opera, THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, May 11, 2014

“Soprano Celena Shafer, a longtime Utah Opera favorite, gave another dazzling performance as Rosina on Saturday. The role was written for a mezzo-soprano, but only the most territorial mezzo could object to loaning it to a singer of Shafer’s caliber once in a while. She embellished every aria generously — but never gratuitously — with sparkling pinpoint accuracy.“   - Barber of Seville, Utah Opera, THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, May 12, 2013

"Shafer, one of the finest singers Utah has ever produced, brought the lovestruck young woman vividly to life on opening night... Her voice, which has the brilliance and polish of diamonds, was in fine form. Her scintillating rendition of the showpiece aria "Caro nome" brought down the house."   - Gilda in Rigoletto, THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, January 22, 2012

"Utah soprano Celena Shafer performed in three of the four works. Her pure sound elevated the angelic melody of 'Laudate Dominum' and floated it sweetly above the orchestra. In an about-face, she took the concert to intermission, staggering onstage in character, with wine glass in hand to sing 'Glitter and Be Gay.' Her vocal fireworks and broad characterization brought down the house."   - Utah Chamber Artists, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 1, 2011

"Wonderfully musical, Shafer sings with expression, feeling and lyricism, and it's no exaggeration to say she owns whatever she sings."   - Recital for Utah Symphony, Deseret News, July 23, 2009

"Shafer's extraordinary vocal gifts, coupled with her exuberant commitment to everything she sings, have made her a favorite at Utah Opera. The amazing vocal control she displayed Saturday left one wondering whether there's anything she can't sing. "   - Norina in Don Pasquale, Utah Opera, The Salt Lake Tribune, May 18, 2009

"The true star of this production, however, aside from the production itself, is Celena Shafer as Norina. Giving a knockout performance, she was in top form vocally, and her acting was stellar."   - Norina in Don Pasquale, Utah Opera, The Deseret News, May 16, 2009