Joseph Cornwell - Press Reviews


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  • “…one should particularly mention the beautiful voice and flexible coloratura of Joseph Cornwell as Polimone.”
    Polimone : Il Tito / Les Arts Florissants / Journal d’Alsace
  • “…tenor Joseph Cornwell as Coridon gives a marvellous (and surprisingly robust) rendition of "Would You Gain The Tender Creature.”
    Coridon: Acis and Galatea / Les Arts Florissants c. William Christie Erato CDs / Amazon.co.uk
  • “…Joseph Cornwell did a nice line in bluster as the outraged Ugone...”
    Ugone: Flavio / English Touring Opera / Opera Britannia
  • “…the fierce rivalry between his two elderly counsellors, Lotario and Ugone, is brilliantly presented by Andrew Slater and Joseph Cornwell respectively...”
    Ugone: Flavio / English Touring Opera / The Stage
  • “Joseph Cornwell is a tenor with a shining timbre, ideal for Mozart roles such as Ferrand, Tamino and Ottavio. As Orfeo, he had the most difficult role and portrayed it with care and conviction.”
    Orfeo: L’anima del filosofo / Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing / Opera Gazet
  • “Cornwell gives a clear and graceful account of the opening numbers and is specially impressive in ‘All they that see him’.”
    Messiah / Taverner Players c. Andrew Parrott EMI CDs / Gramophone
  • “Joseph Cornwell has a splendid natural vibrancy and cleanness of style, ideal in The Ploughboy and The Miller of Dee.”
    Fairest Isle: A New National Songbook / Hyperion CD / Gramophone
  • “Joseph Cornwell est impeccable en Eumete. (Joseph Cornwell is impeccable as Eumeus.)”
    Eumete: Il ritorno d’Ulisse / Aix–en–Provence Festival / La Croix
  • “The star of the cast is without doubt Joseph Cornwell (Tamese), who complements clarity of tone and text with glorious expressiveness in that memorable first aria. For a tenor in Baroque repertoire, nothing exceeds the technical demands of Tamese's two coloratura numbers (written for Annibale Pio Fabri, perhaps opera's first tenor to achieve the status of legend.) Cornwell handles them with staggering confidence.”
    Tamese: Arsilda, Regina di Ponto / cpo CDs / International Record Review
  • “...the fine tenor Joseph Cornwell deserves mention for his coloratura skills...”
    Tamese: Arsilda, Regina di Ponto / cpo CDs / Opera