"Rena Harms was incredibly moving; a vivid actress, she painted the depths of Cio-Cio-San’s despair with an almost unwatchable immediacy. There is real power to her steely soprano, and she was capable of cutting over the orchestra during her long love duet with Pinkerton. She sang a potent ‘Un bel dì’ that couldn’t help but move, and her final scene was almost unbearably heartbreaking."
"The star of the evening for me was the enchantingly beautiful soprano Rena Harms in her ENO and role debuts as Amelia Boccanegra. Her incisive, rich and open sound filled the Coliseum effortlessly and she gave an innately musical performance, with some particularly sublime soft passages."
"Rena Harms played Liu; her exquisite singing won her the evening’s biggest ovation. Puccini gave her the most beautiful music in the opera, and Harms made the most of it. Instead of floating the many long, quiet high notes, she sustained them, gently but firmly, on an inexhaustible supply of air. Her lyric style embodied the character even as she thrilled us with her virtuosity."