“McGegan is always fun to watch as he dances about the podium, and his expressiveness set the tone for the entire concert…First came two arias from Vivaldi’s first opera, composed in 1713, “Ottone in villa.” “Gelosia, tu già rendi l’alma mia” is a showy piece; it was sung brilliantly by soprano Sherezade Panthaki.” — Read […]
“His expertise in the early Classical period radiated through a performance marked by sharp dynamic contrast, tapered phrasing, and keen attention to detail. To the extent that it’s possible to enliven and spruce up Mozart’s music, McGegan did so. The Finale was a pure Classical thrill ride. Repeatedly, in a movement marked Presto, McGegan rallied […]
“This is a well-established team: Zsolt Kallo has been concertmaster of Capella Savaria, the first period-instrument ensemble in Hungary, since 1999 and Nicholas McGegan has been working with them for 30 years. It shows in their easy rapport and precision of ensemble.” — Tim Homfray — Read more in the November 2017 issue of The […]
“Beamish’s music called some extraordinary sonorities from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Nicholas McGegan, their forces distilled to eleven strings; pairs of flutes, horns and trumpets; harpsichord, lute and percussion.” — Read more at bachtrack.com.
“It’s all perhaps closer to opera than to oratorio, and this premiere, with the OAE’s finely detailed playing shaped by Nicholas McGegan, was economically and unfussily staged by Peter Thomson.” — Read more at The Guardian.
“The Judas Passion is part of Philharmonia Baroque’s new initiative that brings Baroque music into the 21st century — or is that vice versa? Launched this month, New Music for Old Instruments pairs today’s composers with yesterday’s instruments, both refreshing the repertoire for historically informed performers and audiences, and providing contemporary composers with a rich […]
Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale’s Le Temple de la Gloire has won the “Best Opera Performance” and “Best Dance Performance” categories of San Francisco Classical Voice‘s Best of the Bay 2016 – 2017! Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice
It’s as reliable as a sunrise: a Nicholas McGegan appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in August. The conductor was at his perennial Bowl gig again Thursday night, and as usual McGegan’s agenda was locked into the 18th century — all Vivaldi this time…a later solo showcase allowed Panthaki to display her full, luxuriously toned upper […]
“The two most notable operatic events of the spring in San Francisco had nothing to do with the San Francisco Opera and both represented a major collaboration between music and dance. In Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall (April 28), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and Cal Performances collaborated on the first modern […]
“Under Nicholas McGegan, the Royal Northern Sinfonia played with irresistible spirit, and a boisterous crowd cheered everything. Nothing entertained more than the scintillating encore: Iain Farrington’s A Shipshape Shindig, an off-kilter take on The Sailor’s Hornpipe that should go straight into the Last Night of the Proms.” — Read more at The Times.