helen-jane howells - soprano - reviews
Under Milk Wood - Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
... the cast was uniformly excellent. Helen-Jane Howells's Gossamer Beynon was well-observed and elegantly sung.
Opera Mag, June 2014
The Fairy Queen - Bury Court Opera
The Science Teacher, Helen-Jane Howells, delivered several mesmerising numbers ('Ye gentle spirits...') in this stellar score.
Seen and Heard International, 22 February 2014
Joseph Phibbs - The Canticle of the Rose - CD review
Soprano Helen-Jane Howells, an intrepid young singer, sings with sweetness and steel in The Canticle of the Rose, taking the ascents above the staff in stride and trusting her technique to enable her to successfully negotiate the labyrinthine twists of Mr. Phibbs's formidable musical architecture. The purity of Ms. Howells's tone introduces a suggestion of playful innocence into the dark world of Sitwell's texts, and the array of emotions that she delivers reveals the subtleties of Mr. Phibbs's music.
Voix Des Arts, 11 June 2013
Dido and Aeneas - Bath Music Festival
Helen-Jane Howells abandoned her tea dress and was fearless, even as temperatures and rain fell, singing with purity and honesty and no sign of shivering. Her "Remember me" in the famous Lament was heart-rending.
The Observer, 2 June 2013
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Malta Cathedral
A highlight for me of this work was the Domine Deus, in which the solo soprano (Helen-Jane Howells) duets with the oboe (Tony Robson, OAE). The matching of the two voices was perfect...
Bachtrack.com, 21 January 2013.
The Fairy Queen - Gabrieli Consort
Fine support came from soprano Helen-Jane Howells (a very perky Spring in the masque of the seasons),
**** The Times, 14 June 2012
Bach St John Passion - Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra
Both the soprano [Helen-Jane Howells] and alto soloists... were also chosen for a sound far removed from... the bulging voices of old fashioned oratorio singers. Here all was simple and clear, unpretentious and quite simply beautiful.
Translated from Fædrelandsvenne, 30 March 2012
Mozart C Minor Mass - Coventry Cathedral
The Kyrie knocked the socks off all who listened, in no small part to the wonderful entry of soprano Helen-Jane Howells - a ringing note cutting above all the orchestras fuss and choir's pathos - another goose-pimple moment
Bachtrack.com, 12 November 2011
Presteigne Festival - recital
[Huw Watkins'] 'Five Larkin Songs' delivered with piercing insight by soprano Helen-Jane Howells, the composer at the piano. Howells moved easily from the Purcellian coloratura which opens Britten's 'On this Island' to the cabaret wit which concludes it... We also heard the premiere of Julian Philips' busy, testing and organically unified 'Love Songs of Amy Lowell', and Sonnet III 'Alla Luna' by the eminent Lithuanian composer Zita Bruzaite, clearly and simply structured, Howells' radiant soprano joined by deft oboist Helen Barker.
Birmingham Post, 1 September 2011
Bach St. Matthew Passion - Royal Festival Hall
Howells's 'Blute Nur', an unwinding coil of temperate loveliness".
The Arts Desk, 10 April 2011
Messiah - Gabrieli Consort
Helen J. Howells achieved a state of introspection and meditation as well. Howells was magnificent in ' Rejoice greatly, oh daughter of Zion' which she brought forth with the grace and sensuality required, her performance of 'I know that my redeemer liveth' was truly moving.
Translated from Heraldo de Aragón, 26 December 2010