“…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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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.
“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 […]
“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 […]
“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 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.
“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 […]