Alex Mills DEAR MARIE STOPES

Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival

“Two solo singers (here the soprano Alexa Mason and the rising star contralto Jess Dandy, both superb)…”

 

Alexandra Coghlan

 

Opera Magazine

Bach MASS IN B MINOR

The Dunedin Consort

“The stunning young contralto Jess Dandy,

however, offered sumptuous tone and beautiful legato. She’s a name to watch.”


Neil Fisher

 

The Times

Handel – SAMSON

Dunedin Consort / Handel Festspiele Halle

“Possibly the most sustained role is that of Micah who observes and comments from the Israelite viewpoint, although it is not as emotionally demanding as the roles of Samson and Manoah. It was sung by English contralto Jessica Dandy… with great range and formidable low notes, excellent technique and subtle feeling, particularly in “Return, O God of hosts”.


Sandra Bowdler

Bachtrack

Bach – ST JOHN PASSION

Les Arts Florissants

“Contralto Jess Dandy summons up velvety richness in “Es ist vollbracht”

Michael Church

The Independent

Alex Mills – DEAR MARIE STOPES

Kings Place

“Alexa Mason (soprano), Jess Dandy (contralto) and Feargal Mostyn-Williams (countertenor) reprised their 2018 performances with considerable skill and dedication. The diction was unanimously excellent, the voices clean and clear. Mills blends the three high-register timbres effectively, as the singers assume a variety of character-roles, echoing each other’s words in a manner which builds dramatic intensity; and Dandy’s rich, earthy lower register provides satisfying contrast, creating a broader expressive palette”


Claire Seymour

Opera Today

Bach MASS IN B MINOR

The Dunedin Consort

“For the ‘Agnus Dei’ Jess Dandy sang with expressive plangent tone, making much of the long unfolding lines, with the concluding chorus making a powerful conclusion to vibrantly moving account of this work.”


Robert Hugill

 

Planet Hugill

Bach – ST JOHN PASSION

Dunedin Consort 

“More familiar – from the recent Dunedin recording of Handel’s Samson – was contralto Jess Dandy, who was in glorious form here”


Keith Bruce

The Herald

Beethoven – SYMPHONY NO.9

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

“The remaining British trio of soprano Lucy Crowe, contralto Jess Dandy and tenor Ed Lyon were superb.”


Dennis Polkow

New City Music

Beethoven – SYMPHONY NO.9

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

“Jess Dandy’s commanding contralto made an impact. It’s rare enough to hear the alto line, let alone have it make you sit up and take notice.”

Rick Perdian

Seen and Heard International

Handel – SAMSON

Dunedin Consort

“Jess Dandy, a true contralto, is the oratorio’s voice of balm, singing the sublime prayer ‘Return, O God of hosts’ with warm, even tone and broad phrasing.”


Richard Wigmore

Gramophone

Beethoven – SYMPHONY NO.9

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

“Contralto Jess Dandy added just the right note of creamy richness to the sound”

David Wright

New York Classical Review

Bach – ST MATTHEW PASSION Dunedin Consort

“More familiar – from the recent Dunedin recording of Handel’s Samson – was contralto Jess Dandy, who was in glorious form here”

Keith Bruce

The Herald

Bach ST MATTHEW PASSION – Dunedin Consort / Boston Early Music Festival

“Alto Jess Dandy and violinist Sophie Gent shaped a gorgeous, affecting “Erbarme dich,”

Zoe Madonna

The Boston Globe

Bach ST MATTHEW PASSION – Dunedin Consort / Boston Early Music Festival

“Jess Dandy’s plum-luscious “Erbarme dich” contained a cosmic vastness where distant stars pulse red and fade”

CJ Ru

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Handel – SAMSON – Dunedin Consort (Linn 2019)

“Jess Dandy, a true contralto, is the oratorio’s voice of balm, singing the sublime prayer ‘Return, O God of hosts’ with warm, even tone and broad phrasing.”

Richard Wigmore

Gramophone

Bach – SECULAR CANTATAS – Dunedin Consort / Edinburgh International Festival

“Alto Jess Dandy sang with a rich, glowing warmth, perfectly balanced with Samuel Boden’s clear tenor”

Miranda Heggie

The Herald

Handel – SAMSON – Dunedin Consort (Linn 2019)

“Jess Dandy’s authoritative mezzo brings great substance to the role of Micah, an Israelite woman who consoles Samson, nowhere more effectively than in her brief but fantastically long-breathed arioso Then long eternity. There is great beauty in her prayer Return, O God of Hosts! and her lament for the dead Samson is beautifully sustained.”

Simon Thompson

MusicWeb International

Handel – SAMSON – Dunedin Consort (Linn 2019)

“Samson’s sidekick Micah can often seem something of a moralising bore, constantly popping up and commenting. But when sung by Jess Dandy, nothing is further from the truth. Dandy, a true contralto, brings a beautifully dignified sense of phrasing to everything she sings, whatever the emotion you are always moved by the way she phrases the music. She makes Micah dignified and sober, but never boring.”

Robert Hugill

Planet Hugill

Handel – SAMSON – Dunedin Consort (Linn 2019)

“There is fine singing from Sophie Bevan, Jess Dandy, Matthew Brook and the rest of the soloists”

Richard Fairman

The Financial Times 

Handel - MESSIAH - Dunedin Consort Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh (December 2019) 

 

"The standout among the soloists was Jess Dandy, a proper alto with a deliciously warm chest voice and unique lower colour.” 

Simon Thompson

Seen and Heard 

© Jess Dandy

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