"British countertenor Owen Willetts, as Orfeo, was tasked with carrying most of the opera, and he was superb: a ringing but warm voice, an anchored physicality, and acting skills to match the role’s demands for subtle intensity."
"In the lead role, Owen Willetts proves a phenomenon, the only countertenor I've yet heard with the kind of clarion force that legend has accorded the castrati...Willetts is about as close to the real thing as you're likely to hear in the modern age."
The Hub Review
"From his first utterance countertenor Owen Willetts pierced through the chorus mourning Euridice. Willetts’ voice possessed a fullness and richness often lacking in the countertenor voice that made his Orfeo particularly heart wrenching. He possessed an almost poetic expressivity; his yearning, his agony, and his happiness were not only seen, but easily felt by the audience. His rendition of the famous “Che Faro Senza Euridice” was phrased delicately, but infused with pulsating passion and received a warm ovation from the audience."
"Owen Willetts was possessed of (or perhaps by) a voice that was not only handsome in quality but powerful enough to fill the hall with room to spare.
Willetts deployed his instrument sensitively, and with consistent tone throughout his range, as he projected Orfeo’s volatile emotions. But when he chose to swell a note, listeners in the back row could feel it."
Boston Classical Review
Orlando, Handel Festspiele, Halle 2010
"The wonderfully saucer-eyed young Brit Owen Willetts, who takes on the much-feared title role with a sensuous alto voice... A real discovery for baroque opera."
"The dark timbre of his countertenor has within its range both the substance required for the flexing of muscles of Fammi combattere as well as the heartbreaking sadness of the madness scene."