Benjamin Hulett
cd review

Benjamin Britten
Volume 2
Malcolm Martineau, piano
label:   Onyx

'Robin Tritschler and Benjamin Hulett, take on the other Pears-inspired repertoire, with Hulett’s elegant, witty singing in The Red Cockatoo and other songs especially appealing.'

Sarah Noble/Limelight Magazine, January 2013
Limelight Magazine.a

'Tenor Benjamin Hulett offers a persuasive rendition of The Red Cockatoo and Other Songs, a posthumously published collection of assorted songs. He croons neatly in the jaunty "When you're feeling," digs into the low notes in the cabaret-influenced "Cradle Song" and soars ardently in "If thou wilt ease thine heart."'

Joanne Sydney Lessner/Opera News, August 2012
Opera News

'The Red Cockatoo is a posthumously assembled group of mostly prewar songs. Because they were not thought of as a set, their texts are not coherent, as in a cycle, and the settings are clearly done individually. They have been arranged for variety, and include Britten’s first setting (1935) of Blake’s “The Poison Tree,” a song Britten himself described at the time as “not much good” (but it’s still pretty good). This is followed by a cabaret-like setting of Auden’s “When You’re Feeling Like Expressing Your Affection.” Benjamin Hullett, who is mostly to be heard in opera, sings these mixed songs delightfully and with evident pleasure. I look forward to hearing him sing more songs.'

Alan Swanson/Fanfare