"...completely thrilling as the terrifyingly grand Queen of the Night."
Phil Preece, Lichfield Festival
"...dazzling coloratura and fearless top notes drew audible gasps!"
"a dazzling Queen of the Night...a steely glitter to her coloratura and an admirable consistency of tone"
"...whose interpretation only seems to grow in haughty brilliance."
Richard Bratby, The Spectator
"...dazzling Queen of the Night, quite the best I've heard since Diana Damrau."
"...takes command of the stage with confidence, soaring to the difficult top F. A creditable performance deserving of the calls of “Brava!”
"forthright and spine-tingling ."
"Soprano Samantha Hay was a delightful, sweet-toned Zerlina".
"...great clarity and beauty of tone, range and power."
John Dunford, reviewing Rossini's Stabat Mater
“A special mention, must be made of Samantha Hay's Zerlina... a beautifully crystal-clear voice and engaging stage presence”
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