Critical Reviews

The following reviews are a selection from various publications.

Henry Choo

  • St John Passion
    "Henry Choo was in such good voice and sang with so much spirit that it was difficult to believe he was suffering from a severe back injury sustained the previous day. Making little reference to his score, Choo was completely absorbed in the music and spun out the long lines of the aria "Erwäge" (Ponder well) with a rare degree of control and glowing involvement."

    Reviewer: Heather Leviston
    April 19, 2017
    Classical Melbourne

    St John Passion
    "Tenor Henry Choo also understood this composer's demands, especially in that fine aria, contemplating the scourged Christ, a vision of tragic beauty that would have been heartrending if the accompanying violas d'amore had been a little sweeter."

    Reviewer: William Dart
    April 6, 2017
    The New Zealand Herald

    The Bone Feeder
    "Henry Choo is arresting as Ben, rediscovering his roots in the Rawene graveyard…"

    Reviewer: William Dart
    March 24, 2017
    The New Zealand Herald

    The Bone Feeder
    "Like a stranger in paradise, Ben, played by Henry Choo, has the eyes through which we see the beach of Mitimiti where the Chinese corpses were given up by Tangaroa the sea god. Ben has been led here by a jade cicada, traditionally placed in the mouth at burial as a symbol of immortality. A respected coloratura tenor, Henry Choo comfortably shoulders much of the responsibility for the quiet-narrative, sometimes almost recitative, content of the 80 minutes."

    Reviewer: Michael Hooper
    March 24, 2017
    Theatre Review (NZ)

    The Bone Feeder
    "A strong performance from Henry Choo."

    Reviewer: Deedee Wirjapranata
    March 24, 2017
    The 13th Floor

    The Bone Feeder
    "Young Ben, beautifully portrayed by Australian tenor, Henry Choo…"

    Reviewer: Christopher Preston
    April 2, 2017
    Christopher Preston Writes

    Ariadne Auf Naxos
    "Henry Choo commands the stage as an overbearing and seductive Bacchus."

    Reviewer: Rosalind Appleby
    September 10, 2016

  • Ariadne Auf Naxos
    "Henry Choo's Bacchus was, for my money at least, the greatest discovery of the evening. A robust yet pliant tenor who displayed both power and restraint, Choo's regal gait perfectly matched the nobility of portraying this Greek deity."

    Reviewer: Maxim Boon
    April 6, 2016
    Limelight Magazine

  • La Cenerentola
    "Henry Choo's luxurious tenor is a pleasure to hear as Prince Ramiro. His rendition of act two aria "Si, ritrovarla io giuro" is rapturously received."

    Reviewer: Simon Parris
    November 5, 2015
    Simon Parris: Man in chair

  • Maria Stuarda
    "Henry Choo, as the Earl of Leicester, carried the unenviable dramatic task of balancing Elizabeth's political and personal needs with Mary's despair and failing hope of release. Choo's convincing acting and precise diction worked perfectly to portray the differing aims of the two monarchs. His is a voice well suited to the Bel Canto repertoire."

    Reviewer: Rob Holdsworth
    September 4, 2015
    Australian Book Review

  • Maria Stuarda
    "Tenor Henry Choo is near-faultless as the Earl of Leicester, singing with ardour and beautiful tone."

    Reviewer: Barney Zwartz
    September 3, 2015
    The Sydney Morning Herald

  • Maria Stuarda
    "Tenor Henry Choo is magnificent voice as Robert, Earl of Leicester. The sumptuous tone of his voice seems to lovingly caress the notes, and his projection makes incredible use of the excellent acoustics at the Atheneum Theatre."

    Reviewer: Simon Parris
    September 3, 2015
    Simon Parris: Man in chair

  • Anna Bolena
    "The other real standout was Melbourne-based tenor Henry Choo, who brought a tragic eloquence to the role of Lord Richard Percy."

    Reviewer: William Yeoman
    January 30, 2015
    The West Australian

  • Anna Bolena
    "Choo's rich voice, teamed with the odd subtle gesture, brought an extra dimension to a man whose role in the historic affair is often overshadowed by claims of Boleyn's witchcraft, rumours of incest and a six-fingered hand."

    Reviewer: Candice Barnes
    January 29, 2015
    The Brisbane Times

  • Carmina Burana
    "From the "In the Tavern" sections of the score came the song of the swan being roasted on the spit, a near-macabre sequence sung with the most incredible intensity and anguish by Australian tenor Henry Choo - one of the finest performances I've ever heard of the episode."

    Reviewer: Peter Mechen
    December 12, 2014
    Seen and Heard International

  • An Australian War Requiem
    "Tenor soloist Henry Choo, as the Soldier, gave every single ounce of himself to his performance, his assured, glossy tone imbuing the role with pathos and a real depth of expression."

    Reviewer: Luke Iredale
    August, 2014

  • An Australian War Requiem
    "They were joined, stepping into this new and difficult work at late notice, by the magnificent tenor Henry Choo. (Why do we not hear more of this wonderful operatic tenor?)."

    Reviewer: Lauris Elms AM OBE
    August 27, 2014
    Sydney University Graduate Choir

  • Otello
    "Henry Choo was outstanding and really likeable as Cassio."

    Reviewer: Kimberley Shaw
    February, 2014
    Stage Whispers

  • Bach Christmas Oratorio
    "Australian tenor Henry Choo is one of Bach Musica's reliable soloists. His recitatives flowed convincingly… he called the shepherds in his aria, Frohe Hirten, with breathtaking ease."

    Reviewer: William Dart
    December 10, 2013
    New Zealand Herald

  • Der Winterreise
    "This, too, was a superb performance, with Choo filling the songs with emotion and meaning."

    Reviewer: Barry Lenny
    August 11, 2012
    Glam Adelaide

  • The Pearlfishers
    "In the role of Nadir, Henry Choo's tenor has evidently matured into a powerful dramatic voice."

    Reviewer: Helen Musa
    July 10, 2012

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