Le Nozze di Figaro - Hampstead Garden Opera at the Jacksons Lane Theatre
"There was one role that stood out above all others though: and it’s the role that normally gets a token reference in reviews for the so-called ‘pin aria’. And yet Flemish soprano Astrid Joos elevated this role considerably. She has real stage presence as well as a lovely, clear voice and the ability to meld into a large company. This was a notably feisty Barbarina. I look forward to seeing how this singer develops."
Colin Clarke / Seen and Heard International
L'Egisto - Cavalli - Hampstead Garden Opera at the Cockpit Theatre
"To make it so, of course, requires not only sensitive continuo realisation but also sensitive — and dramatic — vocal artistry. Here a number of singers excelled, showing considerable stage gifts too. (...) Astrid Joos as Climene and Caroline Taylor as Clori offered complement and contrast in their soprano roles, expression lying very much within the precision of their performances."
Mark Berry / Seen and Heard International