Press & Reviews


National Opera Studio & English National Opera at Cadogan Hall

“As for the stylish mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries, she graced two different versions of Perrault’s most popular fairy tale in conquering both the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola and the Prince in Massenet’s Cendrillon.”
Mark Valencia - Opera Magazine

Scott Stroman The Weekend (Diana)

"Joanna Harries is the standout amongst the support cast, her mezzo-soprano lending pathos to the daughter whose life is falling apart yet nobody is willing to speak to her.”
Broadway World

Holst Sāvitri (title role)

"Its blurry harmonies and unsettling folkishness still cast a spell…Harries sang with conviction and emotional force.”
Neil Fisher - The Times
Throughout the performance, Harries’s robust mezzo-soprano adroitly navigated the shifting moods and keys of the piece, letting rip in her final exchange with Death. “Give me life, life is all I ask of thee,” she implores, redolent of Salome in her final moments.”
Timmy Fisher - Bachtrack
The young singers, unamplified, bring admirable clarity to their projection of Holst’s sometimes cryptic English text and declamatory, yet lyrical vocal lines...Joanna Harries is both gentle and strong as Savitri.”
Yehuda Shapiro - The Stage
If Holst’s opera rarely grabs you in the viscera, it can be touching, as it was performed here by Joanna Harries...with [her] light expressive mezzo.”
Hugh Canning - The Sunday Times

Ullmann Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Drummer)

"An outstandingly intense cast (Chiara Vinci, Joanna Harries, Peter Brathwaite) to evoke the manic mixture of desperation, determination and fatalistic urgency.”
Richard Morrison - The Times

David Blake & Keith Warner Scoring a Century (Tartine)

"The level of talent displayed by the young cast – many of them taking multiple roles – holds the attention through scene after scene. Among her manifold duties, Joanna Harries displays acumen as nightclub singer Tartine.”
George Hall - The Stage

Handel Agrippina (Ottone)

"Another outstanding interpretation was that of Joanna Harries as Ottone...She has a beautifully schooled mezzo and projected each of her emotionally penetrating arias with great accomplishment."
Opera Scotland

Weill Street Scene (Mrs Jones)

"[The cast] included some remarkably mature singers and some excellent acting. I can't possibly mention everyone, but I have to pick out Joanna Harries, as Emma Jones, the warm-hearted wiseacre of the wives - her vivid Noo Joisey tones were a delight."
Robert Beale - Manchester Evening News