The Magic Flute
Music Theatre Kernow at Bloomsbury Theatre, London
Nicola-Jane Kemp had the range and fullness for The Queen of the
Night, a Joanna Lumley figure in screaming scarlet ....
Noel Goodwin -
Christ on the Mount of Olives
London Soloist Chamber Orchestra at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
Nicola-Jane Kemp (a creditable Queen of the Night in the first
half) was a scintillating soprano Seraph....
Stephen Johnson -
Punch and Judy
Music Theatre Wales
Nicola-Jane Kemp rose fearlessly to the demands of Pretty Polly's
Barry Millington -
Punch from time-to-time rides his cock-horse in search of Pretty
Polly. Polly herself, bravely sung by Nicola-Jane Kemp, is all crazy
coloratura, and hence dressed in canary yellow. More doll than person,
she allows some kind of redemption....
Nick Kimberley -
..Pretty Polly, a skittish coloratura role sung nimbly by Nicola-Jane
Fiona Maddocks -
(also voted in top 10 Critics Choice in Arts review of the Year)
The singers are first-rate...Nicola-Jane Kemp's accurate, pretty
David Murray -
The Financial Times
The acting, ritualistically exaggerated to exactly the right degree,
and the singing were harrowingly expressive....Nicola-Jane Kemp's
Pretty Polly...negotiated Birtwistle's tortuous though sometimes
rhapsodic lines with commendable sureness.....
Stephen Petitt -
But best of all in this talented company is Nicola-Jane Kemp as
Pretty Polly, sparkling in coloratura, her highest notes scintillating
with innocent allure. Her final springtime duet with Punch has the
magical lyricism of Tippett's Midsummer Marriage.
Christopher Morley -
The Birmingham Post
Opera Holland Park
Wednesdays premiere was jinxed by illness: the female lead
was voiceless, and the heroine of the evening was Nicola-Jane Kemp,
who sight-read a long, elaborate role from the pit.
Rodney Milnes -
....the leading soprano was indisposed, so that at minimal notice,
Nicola-Jane Kemp sang from the pit....in fact, Kemp sang well.....
Nick Kimberley -