American tenor, Jonathan Winell, won second prize for his touching version of “Che gelida manina” from Puccini’s La Bohème. What made his rendition notable was his genteel avoidance of the usual tenor melodrama. The end result was a convergence of dramatic sincerity and vocal brilliance.

—Alexandra Ivanoff

Today’s Zaman
Leyla Gencer Voice Competition, 2015, Istanbul

The greatest hero [of the preliminary round] was an American tenor, high C’s knight, Jonathan Winell, who electrified audiences [singing Ah! mes amis…pour mon âme]. He pulled out those 9 C’s effortlessly and boldly and managed to hold the last note splendidly for a long time. His singing was easy and strong, and his high range opened in surprisingly bright, rich overtones.

—Hannu-Ilari Lampila

Leading Finnish music critic, Helsingin Sanomat
Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition, 2014

Jonathan Winell, a tenor, sang sweetly as Cleón.

—Steve Smith, The New York Times

The Little Opera Theatre of NY at 59East59 Theaters
as Cleón in Gluck’s The Reformed Drunkard
Richard Owen, Conductor

Jonathan Winell sang “Comfort Ye” and Every Valley” beautifully and with gorgeous tone. His “He that Dwelleth in Heaven” and “Thou Shalt Break Them” were both powerful and beautiful. Major kudos.

—Lily Grace M. Hudson, The Capital Gazette

Handel’s Messiah
Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra
J. Ernest Green, Conductor
presented by Live Arts Maryland

Tenor Jonathan Winell sang “Salut Demeure” from Gounod's Faust with introspective restraint, and he hit a lovely high C at the finale.

—Nino Pantano,

The Giulio Gari Competition Awards, 2012

Jonathan Winell made an impressive debut, his bright high notes surprisingly relaxed while he consistently displayed remarkable power.

—Mary Johnson, special to The Baltimore Sun

The Verdi Requiem
Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra
J. Ernest Green, Conductor
Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD

...young artist, Jonathan Winell, made a strong contribution in the smaller role...

—Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
The Opera Orchestra of New York at Avery Fisher Hall
as Baroncelli in Wagner’s Rienzi , conducted by Eve Queler

Jonathan Winell as Alméric (the king's armor-bearer) made a strong, well-characterized contribution.

— Joshua Rosenblum, Opera News
in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, Dicapo Opera

A series of splendid “Highlights” from Puccini's  Gianni Schicchi followed with...Jonathan Winell, tenor. Mr. Winell's winning singing of “Firenze è come un albero fiorito” with its stratospheric tessitura was exciting.

— Nino Pantano,
The Giulio Gari Competition Awards, 2011

Jonathan Winell is a tenor with excellent projection, good breath control, smooth delivery and a warmth in his singing that promises major roles in his future career.

—David K. Rodgers, Hardwick Gazette, VT
in VT Philharmonic Orchestra Concert