Pedrillo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail   Savonlinna Opera Festival,  2019
"The cast was at an impressive level...however, the tenorial honours were taken by Jonathan Winell's sweet-toned Pedrillo, possessed of more heft than many Pedrillos."
—John Allison, Editor, Opera

Narraboth, Salome   Theater Magdeburg,  2018
"Jonathan Winell, as Narraboth, drowned out the orchestra with his heroic tenor voice."
—Irene Constantin, Volksstimme

Narraboth, Salome   Theater Magdeburg,  2018
"Jonathan Winell, who sang vocally vigorously as Captain Narraboth, with a straw blonde crown, acts so sticky and neutral that ignites his bloody suicide as a real surprise."
—Roland H. Dippel, Concerti

"Che gelida manina"   Leyla Gencer Voice Competition,  2015
"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, for Today's Zaman

"Ah! mes amis...pour mon âme"   Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition,  2014
"The greatest hero was an American tenor, high C's knight, Jonathan Winell, who electrified audiences singing "Ah! mes amis...pour mon âme". He pulled out those 9C'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

Cleón, The Reformed Drunkard   The Little Opera Theatre of NY at 59E59 Theaters,  2013
"Jonathan Winell, a tenor, sang sweetly as Cleón." —Steve Smith, The New York Times

Handel's Messiah   Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, Maryland Hall,  2012
"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

"Salut Demeure"   The Giulio Gari Competition Awards,  2012
"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

Verdi's Messa di Requiem   Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, Maryland Hall,  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

Baroncelli, Rienz   Opera Orchestra of New York at Avery Fisher Hall,  2012
"...young artist, Jonathan Winell, made a strong contribution in the smaller role, Baroncelli." —Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

"Firenze è come un albero fiorito"   The Giulio Gari Competition Awards,  2011
"Mr. Winell's winning singing of "Firenze è come un albero fiorito", from Gianni Schicchi, with its stratospheric tessitura was exciting." —Nino Pantano