"In the first cast, Elsa Roux Chamoux, fervent as the older sister, Edgar, and Harriet Burns, equipped with great coloratura skills as Grace, showed huge promise." The Angel Esmeralda, The Guardian, Fiona Maddocks
"Harriet Burns is an extremely effective Sister Grace, displaying a radiant soprano and suitably concerned persona." The Angel Esmeralda, Music OMH, Sam Smith
"Burns’ bright soprano promises much for the future." The Angel Esmeralda, The Tablet, Alexandra Coghlan
"Burns was confident, polished, witty, expressive and sweet toned" Wigmore Hall Independent Opera International Song Competition, The Times, Anna Pickard
"In this magic circus we followed the apparently hopeless pursuit of chilly Fillide by sadsack Aminta, played as a fashion-free (female) dork besotted with the desired object and possessing one excellent virtue, namely relentless persistence. While icy Fillide rebuffed her and polished her nails, Aminta’s emotional desperation took the stage, and in Harriet Burns’s completely fabulous, fearless performance we wholly entered her world."
Handel Aminta e Fillide, Guildhall Opera School Double Bill, Robert Thicknesse, Critics Circle
"Harriet Burns and Carmen Artaza offered some dazzling singing, coloratura and range of colour alike showing what should really lie at the heart of this pastoral."
Handel Aminta e Fillide, Guildhall Opera School Double Bill, Mark Berry, Seen and Heard International
"Then Harriet Burns, Oxford lieder’s Young Artist Platform winner, happened to be in Oxford. and happened to know Weir’s Nuits d’Afrique – probably the only person in the country, as Kynoch pointed out, who had this 2015 song cycle under her belt and ready to go. She sang it terrifically, with heart and humour."
Nuits d'Afrique, Oxford Lieder Festival, Holywell Music Room, Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian
Photo Credit: Sim Canetty-Clarke