"Soprano Rena Harms turns in a stunner of a performance here, forcefully sung throughout her range and acted with real conviction. She makes the character's tricky mix of vulnerability and backbone completely credible and fully commands the stage at all times. The long love duet at the conclusion of the first act was pure musical ecstasy."
Opera San Luis Obispo
Shakespeare at Olin
January & February 2017
"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."
"Soprano Rena Harms gave the title character's music a winningly liquid, swooping aspect in a passage from Strauss' Arabella."
–San Francisco Chronicle