“Guest conductor Matthew Halls, artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, led the program – which also included Shakespeare-themed music in the first half of the program — with nuance and perfect dramatic timing.” — Read more at cincinnati.com.
“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.
“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.
“Labelle showed she has lost nothing in this regard during her time away from the festival. Her voice is still remarkable for its depth of timbre and its many colours, the strong gleaming high notes and equal power across its range…” — Read more at Bachtrack.
“The concert opened with Ravel’s always welcome Pavan for a Dead Princess, a melodic gem and one of the composer’s most popular works. Gentle and pliant, this too was eloquently rendered by Halls and the CPO, opening a concert filled with beautiful music performed with the competence and care that Calgarians have become increasingly accustomed […]
“The versatile mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy pulled her weight and more, singing the role of Semele’s sister Ino with innocent grace and soft-edged phrases and transforming into the imperious Juno with rage written on her face and venom lacing her voice.” — Read more at The Boston Globe. Photo: Kat Waterman
” From her first strutting angry mezzo entrance, Paula Murrihy commanded the stage, as intensity of attitude allowed her fully to embody jealous lovers Ino and Juno in terrestrial and heavenly spheres. Her vocal production, confident movement, and soul-mirroring countenance illuminated text and music as did only one other.” — Read more at The Boston […]
“McGegan, who is noted for his expertise in 18th-century music, conducted about two dozen strings in a completely gorgeous, utterly placid recitation of the Mozart composition…Aside from being a masterful conductor, McGegan is a joy to watch.” — Read more at The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Photo: Jeff Roffman
“…rendered with nobility and verve by the orchestra under Music Director Nicholas McGegan…This was billed as the modern premiere of a work that has lain dormant for centuries; encountering it on stage at last was like watching a resplendently bedecked giant stirring to life.” — Read more at sfchronicle.com. Photo: Frank Wing