Handel – SAMSON – Dunedin Consort (Linn 2019)

“Jess Dandy, a true contralto, is the oratorio’s voice of balm, singing the sublime prayer ‘Return, O God of hosts’ with warm, even tone and broad phrasing.”

Richard Wigmore, Gramophone (December 2019)

“Jess Dandy’s authoritative mezzo brings great substance to the role of Micah, an Israelite woman who consoles Samson, nowhere more effectively than in her brief but fantastically long-breathed arioso Then long eternity. There is great beauty in her prayer Return, O God of Hosts! and her lament for the dead Samson is beautifully sustained.”

Simon Thompson, Musicweb International (November 2019)

“There is fine singing from Sophie Bevan, Jess Dandy, Matthew Brook and the rest of the soloists”

Richard Fairman, The Financial Times (November 2019)

“Samson’s sidekick Micah can often seem something of a moralising bore, constantly popping up and commenting. But when sung by Jess Dandy, nothing is further from the truth. Dandy, a true contralto, brings a beautifully dignified sense of phrasing to everything she sings, whatever the emotion you are always moved by the way she phrases the music. She makes Micah dignified and sober, but never boring.”

Robert Hugill, PlanetHugill (October 2019)

Alex Mills – DEAR MARIE STOPES – Kings Place

“Alexa Mason (soprano), Jess Dandy (contralto) and Feargal Mostyn-Williams (countertenor) reprised their 2018 performances with considerable skill and dedication. The diction was unanimously excellent, the voices clean and clear. Mills blends the three high-register timbres effectively, as the singers assume a variety of character-roles, echoing each other’s words in a manner which builds dramatic intensity; and Dandy’s rich, earthy lower register provides satisfying contrast, creating a broader expressive palette”

Claire Seymour, Opera Today (September 2019)

Bach – SECULAR CANTATAS – Dunedin Consort / Edinburgh International Festival

“Alto Jess Dandy sang with a rich, glowing warmth, perfectly balanced with Samuel Boden’s clear tenor”

Miranda Heggie, The Herald  (August 2019)

Bach ST MATTHEW PASSION – Dunedin Consort / Boston Early Music Festival

“Jess Dandy’s plum-luscious “Erbarme dich” contained a cosmic vastness where distant stars pulse red and fade”

CJ Ru, The Boston Musical Intelligencer (June 2019)

“Alto Jess Dandy and violinist Sophie Gent shaped a gorgeous, affecting “Erbarme dich,”

Zoë Madonna, The Boston Globe (June 2019)

Bach ST MATTHEW PASSION – Dunedin Consort

“More familiar – from the recent Dunedin recording of Handel’s Samson – was contralto Jess Dandy, who was in glorious form here”

Keith Bruce, Herald Scotland (May 2019)

Bach ST JOHN PASSION – Les Arts Florissants

“Contralto Jess Dandy summons up velvety richness in “Es ist vollbracht””

Michael Church, The Independent (March 2019)

Alex Mills DEAR MARIE STOPES – Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival 2018

“Two solo singers (here the soprano Alexa Mason and the rising star contralto Jess Dandy, both superb)…”

Alexandra Coghlan, Opera Magazine (September 2018)

Bach MASS IN B MINOR – The Dunedin Consort

“The stunning young contralto Jess Dandy, however, offered sumptuous tone and beautiful legato. She’s a name to watch.”
Neil Fisher, The Times (June 2018)

“For the ‘Agnus Dei’ Jess Dandy sang with expressive plangent tone, making much of the long unfolding lines, with the concluding chorus making a powerful conclusion to vibrantly moving account of this work.”
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill (June 2018)


Handel – SAMSON – Dunedin Consort / Handel Festspiele Halle

“Possibly the most sustained role is that of Micah who observes and comments from the Israelite viewpoint, although it is not as emotionally demanding as the roles of Samson and Manoah. It was sung by English contralto Jessica Dandy… with great range and formidable low notes, excellent technique and subtle feeling, particularly in “Return, O God of hosts”.
Sandra Bowdler, Bachtrack (May 2018)