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Will Yeoman
Limelight, January 2016

The music is glorious, Steffani’s adroit handling of recitative and aria matched by his generous orchestrations utilising strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. …this performance conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock and featuring Véronique Gens as Niobe, Jacek Laszczkowski as Anfione, Alastair Miles as Poliferno and Iestyn Davies as Creonte is correspondingly fluent, dramatic and colourful. © 2016 Limelight Magazine Read complete review



John W. Barker
American Record Guide, July 2015

Amanda Forsythe is meltingly beautiful…her lovely soprano voice capturing a youthful vulnerability to perfection. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Robert Hugill
Planet Hugill, April 2015

Iestyn Davies turns in a suitably virile performance. © 2015 Planet Hugill Read complete review




Rupert Christiansen
Daily Telegraph (UK), April 2015

The singing leaves nothing to be desired, with the seductively musky Véronique Gens commanding the title role of the queen turned to stone after the murder of her family, and Iestyn Davies as her enemy Creonte. © 2015 Daily Telegraph (UK) Read complete review



John-Pierre Joyce
Seen and Heard International

Director Lukas Hemleb does a fine job…The staging is imaginative and grandly impressive.

…Laszczkowski’s…well-publicised ‘male soprano’ voice works rather well…He is at his best at the top of the scale, and gives an idea of what the castrato may have sounded like. Veronique Gens as Niobe is excellent—alternately haughty, seductive and grief-stricken. Her love duet with Iestyn Davies is superb. The Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under Thomas Hengelbrock rejoice in the punchy rhythms and delicate instrumentation of Steffani’s score. © 2010 Seen and Heard International Read complete review





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