San Francisco Chronicle:

But the real triumph of the evening was the company debut of mezzo-soprano Angela Brower as the Muse and Nicklausse, in a phenomenal display of dramatic power and lush vocal prowess. Brower was a late replacement for the great Alice Coote, but this was no second-best contribution. Here’s hoping for her swift return to San Francisco.

Mercury News:

As Hoffmann’s Muse (disguised as his friend Nicklausse to accompany the poet through his ordeals), mezzo-soprano Angela Brower, also making her debut, was exceptional; her voice was silky, rounded, refined.