Queen’s Hall Recital
20 Aug 2017
There was an almost microscopic focus to Pape’s singing, with every phoneme carefully dispatched – even the forbidding clusters of consonants in Dvořák’s Czech-language Biblical Songs – and, more gratifyingly, a sensuousness to his variations in tone, from an almost ethereal half-voice to a hall-filling bellow.
– David Kettle, The Scotsman
Pape is certainly implacable, with scarcely a smile, even when his audience cheered and shouted for more. All is at the service of the music. No movement is wasted. The fiery furnace is within him.
– Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian