“Mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy, in her house debut, was superb as Ruggiero. She brought the total package to the part both vocally and dramatically: beautiful timbre, gorgeous phrasing, sophisticated singing technique, sensitivity to what we understand of Baroque style.” — Read more at The Santa Fe New Mexican.
In the L.A. Phil production, which was directed by Yuval Sharon, Harrison’s labor of love has finally achieved persuasive form…Caesar and Nicomedes, played affectingly by Adam Fisher and Hadleigh Adams, share tender embraces, but sexuality is almost incidental: instead, we watch a timeless scenario of a young man torn between love and ambition. — Alex […]
“The vocal quartet appeared in the cantata and also in Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs,” one song each, finishing with the quartet coming together for the last song. Tenor Cooley’s interpretation of “Long Time Ago” was especially affecting.” — Read more at Monterey Herald.
“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.
“History was made this afternoon as an orchestra struck up by the riverside in Hull – the first time a Prom has been held outside the capital in nearly 90 years. The Gateshead-based Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, opened with Telemann’s Water Music Overture followed by Delius’s Summer Night on the River as […]
“Baritone Hadleigh Adams, looking pale, youthful and slightly dazed as Paul, was the evening’s vocal standout; projecting the text with elegant line and idiomatic French, he imbued the character with a sense of unhinged delicacy” — Read more in Opera News (August)
“One of Halls’ many strengths is his ability to keep the musical momentum moving forward, no matter what interpretive obstacles the music presents….a powerful conclusion to another successful Oregon Bach Festival.” — Read more at The Register Guard.
“McGegan is marking the 300th anniversary of Water Music by conducting the piece at a dry dock in Hull, England, later this week. The political intrigue behind the music is no surprise.” — Read more at npr.org. Photo: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images
“The group’s performance was a landmark for me, the kind of concert you don’t forget. This was due largely to the profoundly beautiful singing of soprano Dominique Labelle…Her sound came out of the air and went back into the air with passion…a great musical conjurer.” — Read more at berkshirereview.net.