Tosca

“Hui He showed in Tosca her sumptuous vocality, that was already applaused in “Butterfly“, velvety power and radiant high notes that thriumph in “Vissi d’arte”. Catherine Darfay, Sud Ouest (Tosca at the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, 2005)

“In the title role the public of Bari discovers the Chinese Hui He, soprano of great temperament and with an happy vocal answer.” Francesco Mazzotta, Corriere del Mezzogiorno (Tosca at the Teatro Piccinni di Bari, 2007)

“In the title role we heard the young Chinese soprano Hui He. The singer, with a pleasant timbre and good volume, was able to express both the voluptuousness and the momentum of the character.” Dino Foresio, Operaclick (Tosca at the Teatro Piccinni di Bari, 2007)

“Clear diction, very stamped and calibrated to express with in a moment aggressive in other moments passionate accents and tragic, the sudden and tragic evolution of the story, Hui He asserts herself for a impeccable song, but at the same time for a effectively involved acting.” Nicola Sbisà, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno (Tosca at the Teatro Piccinni di Bari, 2007)

“The protagonist, the Chinese soprano Hui HE, was confirmed to the height of the reputation…. She sings and moves with security …she warm vocalità moves with security …she tears applauses thanks to her warm volcality. Hui He impresses for technique and diction: qualities that concur her to pass with agility from the sensuale melodica of the first act to the crescent drammaticità of the second one, in which the voice is engaged in a more complex structure. The protagonist does not disappoint the waits in famous Vissi d’Arte, demonstrating an optimal ability to phrasing.” Raffaele Lorusso, La Repubblica (Tosca at the Teatro Piccinni di Bari, 2007)

“La Tosca by Hui He has vocally the right warm color, full and passionate timbre. The phrasing is in focus, thanks to the accurate pronunciation of the Italian language. “Vissi d’arte” was sung with transport and perfect control, ripping enthusiastic requests for encore that are accepted, and not even the second time disappoints, still receiving a long applause.” Patrizia Monteverdi, Operaclick (Tosca at the Arena Flegrea di Napoli, 2007)

“Hui He boosts Lyric’s Tosca […]The strong singing of Hui He made the show worth sitting through. An experienced exponent of this touchstone Puccini role, the Chinese soprano had made a triumphant Lyric debut in 2012 as another self-sacrificing heroine, Verdi’s Aida. Her ample, luscious, firmly focused voice had more than enough power to drive the big climaxes thrillingly, along with the ability to sustain the tender lyricism with a ravishing legato and delicate dynamic nuances. Everything built to a glowing rendition of Tosca’s greatest hit, “Vissi d’arte,” with gleaming top notes and the melting diminuendo Puccini asks for at the end of the aria, but which a lot of sopranos ignore. The aria drew a lusty ovation.” John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune (Tosca at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2014)

“The clouds that gathered around Puccini’s opera at the Arena were however dissipated by the excellent performance of Hui He, the splendid protagonist and authentic star of our days. Sparkling, luminous and blinded light is that of the protagonist Hui He, certainly one of the greatest lirico spinto sopranos of our days. His is a magnificent and engaging Tosca: phrasing and interpretation are almost perfect, the voice runs confidently and the projection is flawless. Not an instant of her test overwhelms the others, always keeping herself safe beyond the boundaries of excellence. It is no coincidence that the most applauded moment of the entire evening was a memorable “Vissi d’Arte”, about which it is not possible to use adjectives that could not be totally laudatory.” Andrea R.G. Pedrotti, L’Ape musicale (Tosca at the Arena di Verona, 2015)

“Hui He once again confirms herself as a solid interpreter, sketching a Tosca with beautiful accents and luxuriant phrasing; without doubt the best of the evening.” Alessandro Cammarano, Operaclick (Tosca at the Arena di Verona, 2015)

“Hui He was a formidable Tosca. Beautiful voice and emitted in a perfect way. The singer then also acquired a truly convincing dramatic and theatrical ability. She emerges very well both in the sweetness of the first act and in the dramatic second act where she paints a “Vissi d’arte” that take your breath away with its intensity and yearning.” Francesco Lodola, Ieri Oggi Domani Opera (Tosca at the Arena di Verona, 2015

“Hui He is an emotional and passionate Tosca, the voice appears perfectly projected, the high register brights, the accents are vibrant and full of pathos, the stage presence is self-confident.” Francesco Rapaccioni, Teatro.it (Tosca at the Arena di Verona, 2015)

“In fact, the Chinese soprano Hui He – whose Leonora last summer at the Chorégies d’Orange had particularly touched us – delivers a simply magnificent performance. Her golden dark timbre, enhanced by the brilliance of rich and controlled harmonics, perfectly bends to the Puccinian acting. The actress is intense, without exaggerating, and her last moments send shivers through the audience…who cheers her even before the final chords.” Emmanuel Andrieu, OperaOnline (Tosca at the Semperoper Dresden, 2016)

“Hui He played the role of the singer Floria Tosca with stupendous security in the voice emission, straight, clean tone – a great voice without any signs of fatigue, powerful even in places where a little intimacy would be absolutely appropriate (the question mark to God at the end of Vissi d’arte was completely given away). She was wonderfully funny in the jealousy scenes in the first act – I’ve never heard so many loud laughs in the audience in a Tosca performance. Hui He acted and sang grandiosely in the second act in Scarpia’s private room, while her lover Cavaradossi was tortured so cruelly in the next room, the expressiveness of “Non so nulla” was fantastic.” Kaspar Sannemann, Oper Aktuell (Tosca at the Berlin Deutsche Oper, 2016)

“Hui He did not sing the title role, she lived it. I heard the singer for the first time, she is without a doubt one of the best Toscas I have ever heard. Her voice has a fantastic seat, is very focused, never sharp in the treble and has excellent substance in all registers. Even in the lower register, the voice speaks wonderfully and its flowing phrasing inspires. Her voice has all the colors to express what defines the passionate Tosca: love, jealousy, anger, sorrow … her outbursts in the 1st act were great. Every minute you took from her what the text told her to do. Her “Vissi d’arte” touched me and I liked that she said the “Cosi?” at the end did not extend to shortness of breath or broke off with a sob. I often experienced that the singer simply left out the last lines at the end of the third act: O Scarpia, avanti a Dio! Hu He sang it, went to the edge of the Castel Sant’Angelo and then jumped to this incredible music – it got under your skin. If you have the opportunity, you should definitely listen to this singer” Festspiele Forum (Tosca at the Semperoper Dresden, 2019)

“To conclude the roster of main characters, the Chinese diva Hui He in the title-role. Stylistically she was, during the evening, the most interesting and attentive interpreter. The phrasing is always elegant, each word is meditated on both in interpretation and in vocality. The singer passes with ease and homogeneity between the different registers that the impervious part requires, the low register is scratchy and makes the great Italian singing school of the golden age of opera echo in the mind, but without, for this reason, affecting , the high register soaring and sonorous. On the interpretative level, she knows how to dose jealousy and coquetry, which emerges in the first act, with the more human side of the performer in the second and in third. Highlights of her evening were the aria of the second act, masterfully sung, and the duet of the third act, interpreted with the dreamy intentions of she who sees the solution to the many adventures she has experienced.” Paolo Mascari, Ieri Oggi Domani Opera (Tosca at the Arena di Verona 2019)

“Great the Chinese soprano Hui He, in art Tosca, at the Arena for 15 years, she played with her Mario Cavaradossi, showing her full, warm and rich voice, touching the audience hearts at the same time.” Francesco Cecoro, ViViCentro.it (Tosca at the Arena di Verona, 2019)

“Chinese soprano Hui He is at her 97 performance as Tosca. Her skills are remarkable, really appreciated by the Italian and foreign erudite audience at the Arena. Hui He more than be impeccable, she shows an extraordinary interpretative ability, reaching the heart of the audience, making her character true. She take care of every shades of her character without leaving anything ignored. She is extraordinary in the iconic “Vissi d’arte”. Hui He is beautiful, nonchalant and with a perfect mastery stage presence, on the stage she played the character with elegance and exquisite refinement with the precious dress not so easy to wear with style. A lot of well deserved positive comments and applauses welcomed her performance.” Alessandra Giorda, IlTelevisionario2 (Tosca at the Arena di Verona, 2019)

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