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Die Polnische hochzeit

Musiktheater Linz, 2019

Der Held der Geschichte ist Graf Boleslav Zagorsky: Rafael Helbig-Kostka, ein herrlicher, mitunter wirklich stahlender lyrischer Tenor mit Schmelz, aber ohne Schmalz in der Stimme und mit einer guten Portion an komischem Talent.
— Onlinemerker.com, März 2019
Rafael Helbig-Kostka brilliert in der Richard Tauber zugedachten
— OÖNachrichten, März 2019
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The hero of the story is Count Boleslav Zagorsky. Sung by Rafael Helbig-Kostka, he possesses a superb and radiant tenor voice with just enough sentimentality, and also a good amount of comedic talent.
— Onlinemerker.com, March 2019
 
Rafael Helbig-Kostka shines in the role originally written for Richard Tauber
— OÖNachrichten, March 2019
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The Transposed Heads

MusikTheater Linz, 2018

Shridamann ist der lyrische Tenor Rafael Helbig-Kostka: schön timbrierte, helle, sauber geführte, bewegliche Stimme, erzeugt beachtlichen Druck ohne hörbare Anstrengung auch in den Höhen. Sein Spiel ist von feinem Humor geprägt.
— Onlinemerker.com, November 2018
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Shridamann is sung by the lyric tenor Rafael Helbig-Kostka: with a beautifully timbred, bright, cleanly lead and flexible voice, he produced considerable power without any audible tension, notably in his high range as well. His portrayal was informed by a refined sense of comedic timing.
— Onlinemerker.com, November 2018

Simon

Musiktheater Linz, 2018

Rafael Helbig-Kostka fand – ein kluger Kniff – vom anfänglich Leisen zum schön satten Volumen, je näher er Mia kam.
— OberÖsterreiche Nachrichten, Oktober 2018
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Rafael Helbig-Kostka as Simon cleverly builds his voice from a quiet beginning to a beautiful, saturated sound, growing in equal measure alongside Simon’s developing relationship with Mia.
— The Upper Austria News, October 2018
 

The Cunning little vixen

New England Conservatory, 2016

Rafael Helbig-Kostka was a prim Schoolmaster clad in academic robes, and whose character-determined inhibitions happily did not extend to his fluid, lustrous tenor.
— Kate Stringer, the Boston Music Intelligencer

 

Iphigénie En Tauride

new england conservatory, 2015

Rafael [Helbig-Kostka] (tenor) as Pylades was simply marvelous with a lean, smooth sound that soared above the strings in his Act II aria.
— Laura Stanfield Prichard, The Boston Music Intelligencer

Cosí fan tutte

New England conservatory, 2015

As Ferrando, tenor Rafael [Helbig-Kostka] was the vocal standout: his honeyed tones and sophisticated Italianate command evoked the era of Gigli and Martinelli, most movingly in “Un’aura amorosa.” He is a man to be watched.
— Lee Eiseman, publisher; The Boston Music Intelligencer

Marriage of Figaro

Opera Theater Pittsburgh, 2015

“Rafael Helbig-Kostka brought a
[charming] quality to Basilio.”
— Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune
“...Rafael Helbig-Kostka... made the best of [his] vocal and acting opportunities, and rounded out a well-balanced and talented cast.”
— George Parous, The Pittsburgh Stage

Capricco

Opera Theater Pittsburgh, 2015

“Julia Fox and Rafael Helbig-Kostka sang the difficult Italian duet splendidly.”
— Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette