'An unforgettable premiere... A superb operatic performance that deserves to be repeated throughout New Zealand.'

Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

'I can't think when I've ever seen something I've written so spectacularly embodied.'

Fleur Adcock CNZM OBE

librettist for Iris Dreaming

'A startlingly impressive singer, with a soprano voice capable of performing unusual feats of agility and high tessitura.'

Lionel Friend

'Performing challenging music with Joanne Roughton-Arnold has been a powerfully rewarding experience for me. The rapturous quality of her singing, the quiet, good-natured authority she asserts and the intelligent sensitivity of her approach mark her as a musician of exceptional abilities.'

Edwin Roxburgh

'Joanne Roughton-Arnold, one of Ms Miricioiu’s pupils, sounded like a possible Violetta of the future while taking the small role of Annina.'

Jim Pritchard