Benjamin Hulett
cd review

George Frideric Handel
conductor:   Christian Curnyn
Early Opera Company
label:   Chandos
, 9 April 2013

WINNER BBC Music Magazine Award - Opera


'Op een gloednieuwe Chandos-opname zingt nu Lucy Crowe
bovengenoemde aria, en zij doet dat wonderschoon. De hele cd van
Early Opera Company onder leiding van Christian Curnyn staat trouwens
op dat niveau. Met een eveneens fraai zingende Benjamin Hulett in de
tenor-aria's. Koor en orkest musiceren op topniveau en laten mooi
horen hoe goed Handel in zijn laatste levensfase de kunst nog onder
de knie had.'

Peter van der Lint/Trouw, 5 October 2012

'Highlights are Lucy Crowe's ravishing 'Gentle Morpheus'...and Benjamin Hulett's strong and elegant tenor contributions.'

Robert Thicknesse/Opera Now, Octoer 2012

'Benjamin Hulett is both melifluous and athletic in his three arias'

Gramophone Editors Choice August 2012

'Tenor Benjamin Hulett's soloYe swift minutes flyis the first striking number, with fioriture finely rendered by Hulett... Hulett has three major solos in total which he performs with lyrical charm. Musically, none are quite as memorable as the soprano and bass arias, but he impresses with his easy mellifluous voice, lovely sense of line and nice crisp ornamentation.'

Robert Hugill/MusicWeb International, August 2012
MusicWeb International

'Benjamin Hulett tackles his exacting coloratura numbers with great elegance'

The Guardian, 12 July 2012

Performance *****

Recording *****

BBC Music Magazine, July 2012
BBC Music Magazine Opera Choice July 2012

'Tenor Benjamin Hulett sings in the best tradition of British Handelian tenors such as the late Anthony Rolfe Johnson, being fleet and light yet virile of tone.'

Ralph Moore/MusicWeb International, June 2012
MusicWeb International

'With Benjamin Hulett’s mellifluous tenor taking the lion’s share of the solos, the bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams as a bluff Charon, with his aria in the style of Polyphemus (from Acis and Galatea), and Curnyn’s choral and orchestral forces on sparkling form, the disc offers more than an hour of Handelian delight.'

Hugh Canning/ The Sunday Times, 13 May 2012

'Hulett paces and phrases his short final aria 'Tune Your Harps' beautifully.'

Simon Heighes/International Record Review, May 2012