Reviews

‘He has an impressive range, but although some of the more reflective passages in his upper register were hauntingly beautiful, there was more drama lower down. There was considerable power too and the longer phrases were invariably well controlled and beautifully shaped.’

‘Ben Craw’s diction was so clear that we could understand almost every word… Craw’s “Englishness” came through strongly in these songs too … There was richness here in both tone and dynamics giving the performance an intensity and real sense of drama.’

Review for The Fine Times Recorder (www.theftr.co.uk) of the recital which formed part of the Sherborne Abbey Festival (May 2014)

 

‘A muscular voice bursting with potential’

A review of Duruflé’s Requiem by Gavin Engelbrecht from the Northern Echo (April 2012)

 

‘His Judas had a menacing Edge’

A review of Bach’s Matthäuspassion in Durham Cathedral by Gavin Engelbrecht from the Northern Echo (December 2013)

 

‘Ben Craw’s Count Almaviva from Le Nozze di Figaro was perhaps the standout performance of the second half’

A review of Durham Opera Ensemble’s Seven Deadly Sins – a selection of opera scenes – by Ben Weaver-Hincks of Durham Student Theatre review (November 2012)

 

‘Ben Craw deserves a mention for his role in the latter as the despairing Leporello, employing great facial expression and gesture to complement his strong and rich bass voice’

A review of Durham Opera Ensemble’s Darkness and Light - a selection of opera scenes – by Jack Moreton of Durham Student Theatre Review (November 2013)

 

‘Ben Craw also gave away his soul during his consistently polished and animated performance throughout Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ section.’

A review of Durham Opera Ensemble’s Darkness and Light - a selection of opera scenes – by Veronica Guranda of Palatinate: Durham’s Student Newspaper (November 2013)

 

‘Craw himself delivers the standout performance of the night as the lovable clown Papageno, playing to the audience with aplomb and exploiting the comedy in his scenes skilfully. An unorthodox performance, yes … but a very well-pitched one.’

A review of Mozart’s The Magic Flute by Carrie Gaunt of Durham Student Theatre Review (February 2014)

 

‘Amongst all this great casting, the star of the evening was Ben Craw, who was a simply wonderful Papageno, adorably goofy, with excellent comic timing and with the true clown’s ability to make the serious moments all the more touching. In his final hunt for love, before being united with Papagena, he played off the audience like a pantomime actor, and won enormous sympathy for his character’s plight.’

A review of Mozart’s The Magic Flute by Jane Shuttleworth reviewing for www.musicdurham.co.uk  (February 2014)

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