McGegan will bring RNS to Hull for BBC Proms

McGegan will bring RNS to Hull for BBC Proms

“…the special visit to Hull, as part of the classical music programme’s ‘Proms at…’ series, is a huge honour with the festival rarely travelling outside of London. Fittingly, Stage@TheDock will host the concert inspired by the 300th anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s Water Music. The music was first performed for George I on […]

Rose and Odyssey Opera…”put Boston opera lovers in their debt”

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 in Artist News | No Comments
Rose and Odyssey Opera…”put Boston opera lovers in their debt”

“On Friday at Jordan Hall Gil Rose and Odyssey Opera once again have put Boston opera lovers in their debt with a powerful concert performance of a work that few in the audience are every likely to be able to see onstage or even hear live again, Alexander Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg (The Dwarf)” — Read […]

Quigley’s direction is “technically dazzling…” with Seraphic Fire

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 in Patrick Dupre Quigley, Reviews | No Comments
Quigley’s direction is “technically dazzling…” with Seraphic Fire

“…under Quigley’s direction, the work was technically dazzling in its virtuoso vocal writing, yet human-scaled and emotionally expressive…” — Read more at South Florida Classical Review.

McGegan brings out “every colourful detail” with Royal Northern Sinfonia

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan brings out “every colourful detail” with Royal Northern Sinfonia

“Handel uses the chorus and orchestra to great descriptive effect in the more dramatic parts of the story – the ten plagues, the parting of the Red Sea – and here McGegan brought out every colourful detail to great effect.” — Read more at bachtrack.com.

McGegan “extracts every ounce of drama…”

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan “extracts every ounce of drama…”

“The rare performance of the oratorio was directed by baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan, who extracted every ounce of drama from the score, while maintaining a driving momentum to the narrative.” — Read more at The Northern Echo.

SF Classical Voice: Philharmonia Baroque Goes for the Glory

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 in Interview, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
SF Classical Voice: Philharmonia Baroque Goes for the Glory

“In the words of McGegan, “It’s extravagant, spectacular beyond description.” The score that, he suggests, Rameau composed as if afflicted by “musical attention deficit syndrome” — more on that later — has played like a gorgeous soundtrack in McGegan’s dreams for nearly three decades. Years after John Shepard discovered the original 1745 manuscript in the […]

Butterfield is “dramatic and dynamic” as the Evangelist

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 in Benjamin Butterfield, Reviews | No Comments
Butterfield is “dramatic and dynamic” as the Evangelist

“The other essential element, Ben Butterfield as the Evangelist, was confident and his diction excellent. He judged the text perfectly, and was dramatic and dynamic when appropriate.” — Read more at Music in Victoria.

Rose’s Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 in Gil Rose | No Comments
Rose’s Boston Modern Orchestra Project

“The audience participation brought a rousing conclusion to a very satisfying and very well-played program of varied contemporary pieces—something we have become privileged to expect of conductor Gil Rose and BMOP.” — Read more at classical-scene.com.

Seattle Times: Stubbs brings “authenticity and great quality” to Performance

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 in Reviews, Stephen Stubbs | No Comments
Seattle Times: Stubbs brings “authenticity and great quality” to Performance

“The involvement of musical director Stephen Stubbs, an early-music specialist who also leads Pacific MusicWorks and is senior artist in residence at the University of Washington, is always a guarantee of both authenticity and great quality. It was Stubbs’ idea to use the 20-minute Monteverdi work as the centerpiece of a show that is preceded […]

Halls, Bragle, Dobson, & Panthaki deliver Mozart’s Requiem in Milwaukee

Halls, Bragle, Dobson, & Panthaki deliver Mozart’s Requiem in Milwaukee

“Guest conductor Matthew Halls led the orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, and soprano Sherezade Panthaki, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor Lawrence Wiliford and baritone Alexander Dobson in an emotionally charged performance.” — Read more at jsonline.com. Photo: Jonathan Kirn / MSO