“Thrilling, powerful vocally and without excess…”
“The superb Russell Thomas held nothing back in his big aria, his clarion tenor rising inexorably…”
“Thomas, with his magnificent tenor voice and commanding stage presence, gave us a Jose more sure of himself at the beginning of the opera, and therefore more conscious of his degradation at its end…"
“Thomas has power and charisma, sounds intense and beautiful, avoids every sob and swagger, and is ideally cast…”
“A robust and fiery Pollione…Russell was a wholly believable anti-hero…"
“Thomas brought his heroic, burnished sound…”
“Singing incisively, the American tenor revealed impressive tone quality…”
“A rich tenor voice with a baritonal warmth in the lower register [that] can also rise to the ringing top notes of the tenor range…”
“Thomas sang with a clarion tone quality, polish, and power…"