Susanna – Iford Opera

July/August 2012

“Ciara Hendrick gives a deeply sensitive portrayal of Susanna, her singing always controlled, even when pushed to the limit by [Pia] Furtado”

Rian Evans, The Guardian

“Mezzo-soprano Ciara Hendrick’s grave, guileless face, clear tones and firm coloratura convey Susanna’s vulnerability and strength movingly”

Anna Picard, The Independent

“The Early Opera Company has done [Susanna] proud… Christian Curnyn conducts a lively band with a sure hand. Their efforts inspire a committed young cast, led by the gracefully expressive and technically fluent mezzo-soprano of Ciara Hendrick in the title role.”

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

“A marvellous young cast presents a collection of vivid portrayals, sung with scrupulous artistry and finely accompanied here by the Orchestra of the Early Opera Company under the expert baton of Christian Curnyn… Ciara Hendrick’s Susanna has a quiet authority that holds her character together throughout her severe trial.”

George Hall, The Stage

“First and last the bible-based oratorio is about its central heroine – and in Pia Furtado’s staging, that ‘last’ is heartbreaking… Ciara Hendrick’s beautifully-sung Susanna always managed to find the right innocence and vulnerability, and her trial scene was flooded with affecting nobility and resignation.”

Paul Riley, Venue

“Ciara Hendrick’s heroine was full of beautiful dignity; it was her show… This surprising, musically gorgeous and sober evening was one of the highlights of the whole summer.”

Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now

“The scene where Susanna is bathing was as understated as could be –  just a steady trickle of water from a small overhead container – but it was so beautifully and indeed sensuously sung by the mezzo Ciara Hendrick as to be a suitably iconic counterpart to the classical paintings. Hendrick’s control throughout the evening was remarkable, not least in the rape scene where Furtado’s approach was pretty uncompromising.”

Rian Evans, Opera


Il Pastor Fido – La Nuova Musica at the LondonHandel Festival

April 2012

“It was wonderfully done… The playing was exquisitely sensual, the singing immaculate and thrilling. Ciara Hendrick’s intense Dorinda and Clint van der Linde’s vocally athletic Silvio sparred and swooned over one another with glorious abandon.”

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

“Ciara Hendrick’s mezzo created a bright eyed and robust Dorinda.”

Hilary Finch,  The Times


Hansel and Gretel- Iford Arts

July 2011

“Ciara Hendrick and Aoife O’Sullivan sing attractively and make a plausible pair of high-spirited children”

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

“The irresistible Ciara Hendrick and soprano Aoife O’Sullivan are robustly musical as Hansel and Gretel”

Hilary Finch, The Times

“Ciara Hendrick’s Hansel is both vocally scintillating and in possession of a nice line in facial asides. She is a born Cherubino.”

Paul Riley, Venue

“This year’s Hansel and Gretel  had two very strong central performances.  …the childish larking of Act 1 was done with great warmth and humanity, and brilliantly performed by Ciara Hendrick and Aoife O’Sullivan, both completely convincing.”

Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now


Yeomen of the Guard – Buxton and Oxford

August/September 2010

“Best of all, however, was Ciara Hendrick, a delightfully spirited Phoebe, who deserved better than a life married to the dubious Shadbolt.”

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

“Particular praise must go to Ciara Hendrick who made much of the key role of Phoebe – suitably coquettish with a warm mezzo voice”

Simon Tavener, What’s on Stage


The Yellow Sofa, Julian Philips – Glyndebourne, Jerwood Young Artists

July 2009

“Ciara Hendrick, one to watch for singing and acting the socks off a minor role.”

Opera Now (The Yellow Sofa, Glyndebourne Festival 2009)