“Tempesta’s chamber ensemble was comprised of co-director Gwyn Roberts on flute & recorder, violinists Emlyn Ngai & Rebecca Harris, Lisa Terry on cello & viola da gamba, co-director and theorbo player Richard Stone, and harpsichordist Adam Pearl. Together they caught the courtly elegance, exquisite phrasing, lively rhythms and tart timbres of the five instrumental works […]
Some of the most memorable moments were provided by the soloists. Mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle made a notable debut, the highlight being a ravishing duet in “Laudamus te” with violinist Kathryn Woolley, acting associate concertmaster….The gentle aria “Qui sedes” was beautifully phrased by the countertenor, Taylor…Chuchman’s duet with tenor Thomas Cooley in “Domine Deus” was a […]
“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.
“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
“The role of Idomeneo sung by Thomas Cooley was brilliant, especially since several of his arias are easily some of the most challenging in the tenor repertoire. His physical stamina, coupled with his masterful musicianship allowed for an impressive delivery, especially in some challenging melismatic passages. It was an impressive accomplishment…Meg Bragle sang the role […]
“British-born McGegan will take his period instrument ensemble and accompanying chorale to Weill Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, for an unabridged performance of the “Messiah,” one of the best-known works of the baroque era. “We are doing it complete, so there is no escape,” the wry conductor said in a phone interview from […]
“For many New Yorkers of a classical bent, the holiday season officially begins with the two performances of Handel’s “Messiah” at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue…Ms. Bragle and Mr. Bell were especially strong, pliant and communicative.” – Read more at nytimes.com.
“Thomas Cooley brought a vibrant and forceful tenor to Judas…Cooley was consistently strong of voice and alive to the text—ardent and elegant in “No unhallow’d desire” and delivering a clarion “Sound an alarm!” Bragle brought a natural ease and nobility to her arias and Van Doren conveyed her solos with a fresh, graceful quality. Van […]