Jurenas’ “grace and sibilant tones”

Posted on May 14, 2018 in Artist News | No Comments
Jurenas’ “grace and sibilant tones”

“Eric Jurenas mastered the ungrateful role of the stood-up groom Athamas with grace and sibilant tones.” — Read more at bachtrack

McGegan’s “breathtaking command”

Posted on May 9, 2018 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s “breathtaking command”

“It was the Rossini that received the evening’s finest performance. With a reduced-in-size ensemble onstage, McGegan elicited playing that was characterized by transparent textures, fleet tempi, bracing rhythms and expertly modulated dynamics to capture the opera’s glittering rendering of the Cinderella fairytale. His command over the legendary “Rossini crescendo” was breathtaking.” — Read more at […]

Williams’ “dark, lustrous voice”

Posted on May 3, 2018 in Douglas Williams, Reviews | No Comments
Williams’ “dark, lustrous voice”

“Among the soloists, bass-baritone Douglas Williams brought a dark, lustrous voice and a sense of mortal desperation to “Lord teach me,” a meditation on the brevity of life.” — Read more at South Florida Classical Review

McGegan’s new album is “a thrillingly colourful performance”

Posted on Apr 28, 2018 in Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s new album is “a thrillingly colourful performance”

“…a thrillingly colourful performance…Nicholas McGegan’s Swedish Chamber Orchestra give the catchy opening tutti just enough strut, and Frank-Gemmill’s acrobatic intro is a winner…” — Read more at The Arts Desk

Cooley, Adams join McGegan and PBO for season finale

Cooley, Adams join McGegan and PBO for season finale

“Santon-Jeffery and Cooley were also among the prime attractions, along with alto Avery Amereau and bass Hadleigh Adams, in the magnificent account of the Beethoven Mass that occupied the first half of the evening…McGegan oversaw the proceedings with a blend of fervor and tenderness.” — Read more at San Francisco Chronicle

Agnew & Panthaki with Music of the Baroque

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in Artist News, Paul Agnew, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
Agnew & Panthaki with Music of the Baroque

Panthaki’s seamless legato and fervent commitment to words and music in Handel’s “Salve regina,”…had this rarity falling most gracefully on the ear…Agnew’s numerous seasons with MOB, as both tenor soloist in the Bach Passions and, more recently, conductor, presaged the stylish refinement of sound and feeling he achieved on behalf of Pergolesi’s sacred masterpiece. — […]

Quigley’s “control” and “precision” in Pärt’s ‘Passio’

Posted on Apr 15, 2018 in Patrick Dupre Quigley | No Comments
Quigley’s “control” and “precision” in Pärt’s ‘Passio’

“Quigley, who had to be something of a human metronome as he counted through the work’s many moments of silence, had strict and admirable control of his forces, who made their entrances with exemplary precision.” — Read more at Palm Beach Arts Reporter

NY Times: An Opera Worth Fighting Over [Stubbs conducts Juilliard Opera]

Posted on Apr 13, 2018 in Artist News | No Comments
NY Times: An Opera Worth Fighting Over [Stubbs conducts Juilliard Opera]

“Cuts and other alterations were made to bring “Hippolyte” closer to what was expected. But Stephen Stubbs, the conductor of the Juilliard production and an artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival, said the original 1733 version “represents Rameau’s undigested thoughts about what opera should be.” This is essentially the version Juilliard will perform, […]

McGegan, PBO, Panthaki “precise and expressive” in Chicago

McGegan, PBO, Panthaki “precise and expressive” in Chicago

“In each the singers and players were as stylish, precise and expressive as one would expect, given that McGegan is a lively conductor who in 32 years has made the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale one of the finest such groups in the United States…But Panthaki’s contributions excelled even that, eliciting audible sighs of contentment […]

Gil Rose’s perfect “precision and pacing” with NYCO

Posted on Mar 28, 2018 in Gil Rose, Reviews | No Comments
Gil Rose’s perfect “precision and pacing” with NYCO

Gil Rose conducted the NYCO orchestra, which included the addition of the harpsichord for the Rameau recitatives, with a precision and pacing that was perfect for the music. — Matt Costello, OperaWire Photo: Sarah Shatz