Bragle’s “supple, expressive voice”

Posted on May 20, 2017 in Meg Bragle | No Comments
Bragle’s “supple, expressive voice”

“Bragle sang beautifully: she has a supple, expressive voice and an exceptionally intelligent musicality. She sang the Genesis verses as offerings to be marveled at and was fully equal to intricate rhythmic and harmonic dialog with all sections of the entire choir.” — Read more at Theater Scene.

Cooley’s “Day of Judgement” with Music of the Baroque

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Reviews, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Cooley’s “Day of Judgement” with Music of the Baroque

“The Mocker, Faith, Disbelief, One of the Blessed — provide great opportunity for outsized portrayal, and Thomas Cooley made the most of them.” — Read more at The Chicago Tribune.

Bachtrack: Return of Dominique Labelle to Göttingen

Posted on May 15, 2017 in Dominique Labelle, Reviews | No Comments
Bachtrack: Return of Dominique Labelle to Göttingen

“Labelle showed she has lost nothing in this regard during her time away from the festival. Her voice is still remarkable for its depth of timbre and its many colours, the strong gleaming high notes and equal power across its range…” — Read more at Bachtrack.

“Meg Bragle was a superb Mary Cleophas”

Posted on May 9, 2017 in Meg Bragle | No Comments
“Meg Bragle was a superb Mary Cleophas”

Meg Bragle was a superb Mary Cleophas, a part which emphasizes her strong alto register…if this orchestra is the shape of things to come, ABS fans must be overjoyed.” — Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.

Halls’ “impassioned performance” with Calgary Philharmonic

Posted on May 6, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls’ “impassioned performance” with Calgary Philharmonic

“The concert opened with Ravel’s always welcome Pavan for a Dead Princess, a melodic gem and one of the composer’s most popular works. Gentle and pliant, this too was eloquently rendered by Halls and the CPO, opening a concert filled with beautiful music performed with the competence and care that Calgarians have become increasingly accustomed […]

Paula Murrihy’s “innocent grace”

Posted on May 6, 2017 in Paula Murrihy, Reviews | No Comments
Paula Murrihy’s “innocent grace”

“The versatile mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy pulled her weight and more, singing the role of Semele’s sister Ino with innocent grace and soft-edged phrases and transforming into the imperious Juno with rage written on her face and venom lacing her voice.” — Read more at The Boston Globe. Photo: Kat Waterman

Paula Murrihy “commanded the stage”

Posted on May 6, 2017 in Paula Murrihy, Reviews | No Comments
Paula Murrihy “commanded the stage”

” From her first strutting angry mezzo entrance, Paula Murrihy commanded the stage, as intensity of attitude allowed her fully to embody jealous lovers Ino and Juno in terrestrial and heavenly spheres. Her vocal production, confident movement, and soul-mirroring countenance illuminated text and music as did only one other.” — Read more at The Boston […]

McGegan’s “gorgeous, utterly placid” Mozart

Posted on May 5, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s “gorgeous, utterly placid” Mozart

“McGegan, who is noted for his expertise in 18th-century music, conducted about two dozen strings in a completely gorgeous, utterly placid recitation of the Mozart composition…Aside from being a masterful conductor, McGegan is a joy to watch.” — Read more at The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Photo: Jeff Roffman

Financial Times: “The Temple of Glory, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California — a majestic farce”

Posted on May 3, 2017 in Artist News | No Comments
Financial Times: “The Temple of Glory, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California — a majestic farce”

“…music director Nicholas McGegan’s life-long Rameauphilia, and the participation of the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, sufficed to inspire the rebirth of a major contribution to the lyric stage…But it was the 42-member period orchestra that McGegan has led for 30 years with verve and insight that proved the greatest source of revelations.” — […]

McGegan, PBO’s ‘Temple’ “rendered with nobility and verve”

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan, PBO’s ‘Temple’ “rendered with nobility and verve”

“…rendered with nobility and verve by the orchestra under Music Director Nicholas McGegan…This was billed as the modern premiere of a work that has lain dormant for centuries; encountering it on stage at last was like watching a resplendently bedecked giant stirring to life.” — Read more at sfchronicle.com. Photo: Frank Wing