Cooley’s “affecting” performances at Carmel Bach Festival

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 in Reviews, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Cooley’s “affecting” performances at Carmel Bach Festival

“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.

Bragle, Cooley, and Taylor in May Festival finale

Posted on May 28, 2017 in Daniel Taylor, Meg Bragle, Reviews, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Bragle, Cooley, and Taylor in May Festival finale

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 […]

Cooley’s “immense personality and joy”

Posted on May 20, 2017 in Reviews, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Cooley’s “immense personality and joy”

“The Cincinnati May Festival kicked off its new era on Friday night with a galvanizing “Ode to Joy” led by Markus Stenz, the first of four guest conductors this year…The quartet of soloists did not disappoint…Tenor Thomas Cooley sang his aria with immense personality and joy.” — Read more at cincinnati.com.

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.

Cooley featured in NY Times’ “This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments”

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 in Reviews, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Cooley featured in NY Times’ “This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments”

“The tenor Thomas Cooley opened with Britten’s setting of Michelangelo’s Sonnet XVI. So here was a tenor, using the extravagantly resonant acoustics of a National Gallery of Art domed courtyard, to pour phrases of molten quicksilver into notes dreamed up by a composer who, as a gift to his lover, had set to music a […]

Cooley and Kelly appear at Carnegie Hall with Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 in Michael Kelly, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Cooley and Kelly appear at Carnegie Hall with Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

“…the smoothly eloquent baritone Michael Kelly…The fine tenor was Thomas Cooley. With excellent French he infused these youthful and sensuous pieces with imagination and color.” — Read more at American Record Guide

Stubbs and Cooley in “majestic” ‘Messiah’

Posted on Dec 17, 2016 in Reviews, Stephen Stubbs, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Stubbs and Cooley in “majestic” ‘Messiah’

“Stubbs led a historically informed rendition, devoid of the bloated and vibrato-enhanced practices of the past. Phrasing, dynamics, and musical nuances were clearly crafted…Stubbs led a reduced-size Houston Symphony ensemble, which played cleanly and alertly, adroitly adjusting their speed and volume as directed…Thomas Cooley showed a strong voice that was most expressive in four consecutive […]

McGegan, Cooley, Van Doren, Berger, and Taylor: “a Heroic Joshua”

McGegan, Cooley, Van Doren, Berger, and Taylor: “a Heroic Joshua”

“In a vigorous and absorbing performance of this 1747 work by Philharmonia Baroque, the musical special effects kept coming Friday, December 2, at the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto.” — Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.

Van Doren was “the evening’s standout” with PBO

Van Doren was “the evening’s standout” with PBO

“…under McGegan’s inspired direction, the performance emerged as one of the period instrument ensemble’s finest offerings in recent memory…for sheer Baroque splendor, the evening’s standout was Yulia Van Doren…Tenor Thomas Cooley was an ideal Joshua — firm-voiced, secure throughout his range, and precise in the demands of Handel’s vocal writing.” — Read more at The […]

Cooley: Music of the Baroque opens season with a rare Handel “Feast”

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 in Reviews, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Cooley: Music of the Baroque opens season with a rare Handel “Feast”

“The evening’s finest vocal moments were delivered by MOB’s reigning house tenor Thomas Cooley, who sang with sweet tone, vibrant engagement, and superb Baroque style. He brought a wide range of expressive coloring to his recitatives and arias, including two soprano items (“Softly sweet, in Lydian measures” and “War, he sung, is toil and trouble”) reassigned to […]