“American mezzo-soprano Angela Brower was an excellent Nicklausse/Muse. Her violin aria, “Vois sous l’archet”, was gorgeously sung and provided one of the evening’s most poignant moments: with Hoffmann climbing the stairs to Antonia’s room, Nicklausse futilely tries to inspire the poet to pursue his creative gift over another ill-fated love affair. Though doomed to fail, her cares for Hoffman’s gift and his heart were clear in Brower’s impassioned singing.” -Bachtrack.com

“The good news is that the performance is about far more than the production. Prepare for a fine cast distinguished, above all, by two powerhouse performances: tenor Matthew Polenzani’s Hoffmann and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn’s towering Devil (Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Miracle, and Dapertutto). It is these two men, as well as Angela Brower (The Muse/Nicklausse), who remain with us, singing scene after scene while four different women portray the four love interests in Hoffmann’s life . . . Theatrically as well as visually, SFO debut mezzo-soprano Angela Brower (substituting for Alice Coote) made a solid impression.” -San Francisco Classical Voice

“As the Muse/Nicklausse, Angela Brower made a successful house debut . . . The young American mezzo has a gleaming and flexible voice and was terrific in her dual personas, sexy and graceful as the Muse and convincingly androgynous as Hoffmann’s companion, Nicklausse.” -The Classical Review