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 […]

Cooley and Bragle sing “Mozart’s Idomeneo, Specially Adapted for Carmel”

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 in Meg Bragle, Reviews, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Cooley and Bragle sing “Mozart’s Idomeneo, Specially Adapted for Carmel”

“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 […]

Cooley “mastered the demanding role of Idomeneo”

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 in Reviews, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Cooley “mastered the demanding role of Idomeneo”

“Cooley mastered the rigors of the demanding role of Idomeneo and gave a sympathetic, convincing portrayal of this tortured soul.” — Read more at Monterey Herald

McGegan, Cooley, and Van Doren sing with the Baltimore Symphony

McGegan, Cooley, and Van Doren sing with the Baltimore Symphony

“On Thursday at Strathmore, Nicholas McGegan led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a performance that was, like the work, both hybrid and personal, with a sense of the homemade, the intimate, the human, and the transcendent, particularly in the inspired playing of the reduced but ardent orchestra.” – Read more at washingtonpost.com.

Cooley, Labelle, and McGegan perform with “utter conviction to the cause”

Cooley, Labelle, and McGegan perform with “utter conviction to the cause”

“Tenor Thomas Cooley brought the first shadings of darkness and potential consolation to the stage. Singing over the murmurous strings, he shaded lines about “distresses” and “deep afflictions” with an amber mournfulness…Soprano Dominque Labelle joined the excitement part way through, her voice rising in lustrous and urgent descant…From the first, swaggering entrance of the trombones […]

McGegan, Cooley, and Labelle “unveiled an expansive and eloquent masterpiece”

McGegan, Cooley, and Labelle “unveiled an expansive and eloquent masterpiece”

“In a performance of remarkable power and tonal beauty, McGegan and his crew of musicians — including the excellent Philharmonia Chorale and a lineup of first-rate vocal soloists — unveiled an expansive and eloquent masterpiece, one that belongs by rights on the repertoire list of every orchestra in the country…the finest contributions came from soprano […]

McGegan, Cooley, and Labelle in PBO’s season finale

McGegan, Cooley, and Labelle in PBO’s season finale

“Last night in Herbst Theatre the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) gave the final San Francisco performance in its landmark 35th season led by Waverly Fund Music Director Nicholas McGegan, celebrating his 30th anniversary with PBO.” – Read more at examiner.com

McGegan, Cooley, Labelle bring PBO season to “triumphant close”

McGegan, Cooley, Labelle bring PBO season to “triumphant close”

“McGegan led a top-notch team. Soprano Dominique Labelle, whose generous, richly colored vocalism made her first solo one of the evening’s highlights, returned in several episodes. Tenor Thomas Cooley’s plush, emphatic singing turned the score’s operatic “Watchman” sequence into a show-stopper.” – Read more at dailydemocrat.com.

Cooley and Van Doren sing a “signature piece” with Music of the Baroque

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 in Reviews, Thomas Cooley, Yulia Van Doren | No Comments
Cooley and Van Doren sing a “signature piece” with Music of the Baroque

“The vocal soloists all were quite fine, especially tenors Thomas Cooley, Patrick Muhleise and Colin Ainsworth, and sopranos Yulia Van Doren and Agnes Zsigovics. Cooley, Music of the Baroque’s artist-in-residence this season, sang with deep expressivity in the solo motet “Nigra sum” and in the “echo” exchanges with another singer stationed in the rear choir […]