"And at the centre of everything, the Lucretia of the young Scottish mezzo Rowan Hellier is totally gripping, neurotically yet credibly acted, superbly sung in a rich, expressive contralto-like timbre."
Richard Morrison - The Times
"Mezzo soprano Rowan Hellier was compelling, with her rich, matt velvet tone, as she performed these haunted and expressive melodies with focus, drama and clarity."
Rosenna East - The Herald
"As Adriano, mezzo-soprano Rowan Hellier was appropriately restless and headstrong….the lovely richness of her tone gave stature to the Emperor despite his fickle caprices, while in higher registers her voice shone beautifully."
Claire Seymour - Opera Today