The MAGIC FLUTE - CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL - JULY 2015
- PENINSULA REVIEW
"Hailey Fuqua in her amazing role as The Queen of the Night portrayed her character with forceful vitality."
OuR TOWN - BOSTON OPERA COLLABORATIVE - JUNE 2015
-BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER
"Hailey Fuqua for the part was daring and paid off in droves: Fuqua’s commanding coloratura negotiated Rorem’s labyrinthine line with ease and even offered a casual colloquiality that lent the role a sense of gentility."
RINALDO - BOSTON OPERA COLLABORATIVE - MARCH 2015
- BOSTON CLASSICAL REVIEW
"...Hailey Fuqua’s pure and ample soprano stood out in particular."
Il Penseroso in Handel's L'allegro, Il Penseroso, et il Moderato with American Bach Soloists - July 2014
"Handel's Wonderful Plea for Moderation"
"With her gorgeous tone, Hailey Fuqua was a magnificent Penseroso soprano, who reached the high notes in her coloraturas with enviable ease and precision. She was stunningly expressive in her arias “Oft on a plat of rising ground” and “Sweet bird” (with the flute solo)..."
"Handel comes to the 2014 American Bach Soloists Festival"
"In the midst of these many shorter selections, the soprano air “Sweet bird, that shun’st the noise of folly” from “Il Penseroso” stood out for its significantly extended duration. It made for one of those extraordinary listening experiences in which one’s sense of “inner time” seems to stand still, however steadily the physical clock may keep ticking. One is aware only of the gradual advance of Milton’s words, each given its own nuanced shading through Fuqua’s delivery, which would alternate, phrase by phrase, with “extended commentary from the bird,” elegantly shaped by Romatowski."
"Back to the future with Handel"
“Key to the success of both performances were the women's astounding trills and perfectly placed high notes. The higher these sopranos went, the more wonderful their voices became….Nor was Fuqua's high E in "Sweet Bird" anything but wondrous. While neither she nor Fuqua possesses the dew-like radiance and clear enunciation of some of the great early-music sopranos of present and past, their shining high ranges and technical facility hold promise for successful careers.”
ABS: Handel's L'Allegro
"Hailey Fuqua sang the Il Penseroso soprano arias with big, hall-filling high notes & a liquid sound."