Reviews

Una Barry possesses a strong, true soprano voice which is the expression of a marked intelligence and a vivid response.

Manchester Midday Concert

Daily Telegraph

Una Barry is a soprano with a voice that has great beauty and is dramatic in quality and colour.

Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Victoria Hall, Geneva

La Tribune de Genève

Una Barry was electrifying in her final unaccompanied soprano lines.

Handel’s Israel in Egypt, RAI, Naples, Italy

Glasgow Herald

For all the majestic moments, memories will surely linger on the soaring beauty of the voice of Una Barry.

Mendelssohn’s Elijah, St Edmundsbury Cathedral

East Anglian Times

Una Barry, a new and vibrant soprano.

Stanford’s Te Deum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The Times

Una Barry, with a splendid, strong and sensitive voice and formidable range, gave an excellent performance, all the more creditable since she had twenty-four hours’ notice when the singer originally engaged was taken ill.

Verdi’s Requiem, Grimsby Town Hall, Yorkshire

Grimsby Daily Telegraph

Soprano Una Barry sang throughout with a moving sincerity, expressing Verdi’s profound emotions with a strength sustained to the end.  Her radiant ‘Libera Me’ echoed the confidence of the ‘Ingemisco’.  It was an illuminating performance which brought out the full colour and emotion of this masterpiece.

Verdi’s Requiem, York Minister

Yorkshire Post

Una Barry, with a splendid, strong and sensitive voice and formidable range, gave an excellent performance, all the more creditable since she had twenty-four hours’ notice when the singer originally engaged was taken ill.

Verdi’s Requiem, Grimsby Town Hall, Yorkshire

Grimsby Daily Telegraph

It was a memorable night for several reasons.  The team of soloists actually changed in the course of the evening as the original soprano was unable to continue, and the soprano was replaced by Una Barry, stepping from the audience to the front and singing beautifully.

Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Manchester

Manchester Evening News

The highlight of this concert was the splendid singing of the two sopranos, Una Barry and Julie Kennard.  The two young ladies really were in excellent voice and fully deserved their ovation from the large audience.

Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Manchester

Manchester Evening News

A splendid performance of Kodaly’s ‘Te Deum’ and the solo contribution of Una Barry whose dynamic range coped wonderfully with the building.

Dvorak Te Deum and Kodaly Te Deum, York Minster

Yorkshire Post

Una Barry, soprano, made a good impression.  Quietly assured, no histrionics, she nonetheless showed a real understanding of the operatic style needed.

Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Lowestoft, Suffolk

Lowestoft Journal

Una Barry, who gave an authoritative performance of the Britten (Canticle I, My beloved is mine and I am his), sounded appropriately fervent in Messiaen’s ‘Chants de Terre et de Ciel.’

Manchester

Daily Telegraph

Una Barry, who gave an authoritative performance of the Britten (Canticle I, My beloved is mine and I am his), sounded appropriately fervent in Messiaen’s ‘Chants de Terre et de Ciel.’

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Chester Cathedral

Chester Chronical

Una Barry has a voice of great beauty, perfectly controlled.  She gave a most impressive performance.

Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise, Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

Swansea Evening Herald

Una Barry was impressive with her full expressive soprano voice, additionally through which she was able to produce a darker mezzo quality in the lower register.

Handel’s Messiah, Stefanskirche, Mainz, Germany

Allgemeine Zeitung

Una Barry sang ausgewogen, musikalisch klug gefürt, ohne eine zu persönlich gefärbte Sopranstimme auzubieten, klar un logisch wie empfindsam.
(Una Barry sang in a well balanced way without being self-indulgent.  Her interpretation was very clear, straightforward as well as being sensitive.)

Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Stefanskirche, Mainz, Germany

Allgemeine Zeitung

Una Barry sang ausgewogen, musikalisch klug gefürt, ohne eine zu persönlich gefärbte Sopranstimme auzubieten, klar un logisch wie empfindsam.
(Una Barry sang in a well balanced way without being self-indulgent.  Her interpretation was very clear, straightforward as well as being sensitive.)

Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Stefanskirche, Mainz, Germany

Allgemeine Zeitung

Soprano Una Barry had a Germanic smoothness of tone, which blended perfectly to make for a genuine Beethoven sound.

Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasia

Aberdeen Press

Una Barry’s performance was a delight.  She has a lovely voice of wide range and purity of tone.

Handel’s Messiah, Llanelli, South Wales

Llanelli Star

Una Barry, soprano, has a voice of great beauty, perfectly controlled.  She gave a most impressive performance.  And her singing of ‘O Divine Redeemer’ will be long remembered.

Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise and Gounod’s O Divine Redeemer, Llanelli, South Wales

Llanelli Star

Una Barry really met the Italianate operatic requirements.  In both works, when unaccompanied, she used the acoustics to great advantage, allowing time for the notes to reverberate and settle.

Beethoven’s Mass in C and Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Guildford Cathedral

Surrey Advertiser

Soprano soloist, Una Barry, had the lion’s share of the work for she also sang Poulenc’s Gloria earlier in the evening. In her taxing performance of ‘Upon a gloomy night’ she maintained an enviable clarity throughout.

Poulenc’s Gloria and Mathias’s Lux Aeterna, Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, Suffolk

East Anglian Times

Una Barry sang with soaring power and delicate finesse in the most apt musical commentary imaginable.

First Person Singular: A Literary Evening, with songs by Purcell, Dvorak, Vaughan Williams and Richard Rodney Bennett

Una Barry’s rich, dark toned ‘in memoriam aeterna’ could have been a love song from Rusalka itself while her ‘pleni sunt caeli’, rising radiantly out of the gentle Sanctus waltz, was an elating realization of Dvorak’s powerful transition to the weighty, ringing Hosanna.

Dvorak’s Requiem, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London The Times

The Times

Una Barry’s interpretation showed such a range of vocal and emotional expression, revealing a great depth of understanding.

Verdi’s Requiem, York Minster

Yorkshire Post

War Una Barrys Sopran in leisen Passagen eindrucksreich, in Ensemble strahlend und glockig.
(Una Barry’s soprano voice was rich and impression in the soft passages, brilliant and bell-like in the ensembles.)

Mozart’s Requiem, Schlosskirche, Meisenheim-Lauterecken, Germany

Una Barry gefiel durch ihren weittragenden, kraftvollen Sopran, mit dem sie melodische Linien intensive und schattierungsreich füllte.
(Una Barry’s far-reaching, powerful soprano voice filled the melodic lines with intensively rich shading.)

Handel’s Messiah, Stefanskirche, Mainz, Germany

Rhein-Zeitung, Mainz

The commitment of David Johnston and Una Barry as Dalila in the argument scene seemed so intense that only the conductor kept them apart for their own safety!  Her beautiful voice was most impressive when joined by the gleaming trumpet in ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ and again in the duet ‘Her Faith and Truth’.

Handel’s Samson in Deal, Kent

East Kent Mercury

The commitment of David Johnston and Una Barry as Dalila in the argument scene seemed so intense that only the conductor kept them apart for their own safety!  Her beautiful voice was most impressive when joined by the gleaming trumpet in ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ and again in the duet ‘Her Faith and Truth’.

Handel’s Samson in Deal, Kent

East Kent Mercury

Una Barrys kopfig-freier, hell-offener Sopran [Una Barry’s high-placed, clear-open (voice)..]

reunich’s Te Deum, Cornelius’s Stabat Mater and Bruckner’s Mass in D Minor Christuskirche, Wiesbaden, GermanyHandel’s Samson in Deal, Kent

Allgemeine Zeitung

Dalila was sung by the soprano Una Barry, who gave faultless performances of her arias, including the well-known ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ duo with trumpet.

Handel’s Samson

The Bulletin, Brussels

Soprano soloist Una Barry is evidently a real musician with a voice that should take her far.

Winter Solstice, Loughborough University
Music by Graham Belchere and Pauline Green

Classical Music Weekly

Una Barry chose a very well balanced programme, containing songs which for the most part were unfamiliar, and yet she achieved a nice balance of style, mood and period.   Throughout the whole recital Miss Barry showed an exceptional understanding of the material, and was able to use her considerable technique to good advantage.

Lunchtime recital of of Bononcini, Beethoven, Fauré and Walton songs

Essex County Standard

Una Barry’s power, composure and sureness of pitch in difficult terrain should stand her in good stead.

Recital with guitar in a programme of Dodgson, Rodrigo and Sor

Manchester Evening News