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.
Rafael [Helbig-Kostka] (tenor) as Pylades was simply marvelous with a lean, smooth sound that soared above the strings in his Act II aria.
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.
“Rafael Helbig-Kostka brought a [charming] quality to Basilio.”
“...Rafael Helbig-Kostka... made the best of [his] vocal and acting opportunities, and rounded out a well-balanced and talented cast.”
“Julia Fox and Rafael Helbig-Kostka sang the difficult Italian duet splendidly.”