Molomot a standout at Hudson Hall

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 in Marc Molomot, Reviews | No Comments
Molomot a standout at Hudson Hall

“Standouts included…Marc Molomot, droll as John (Quincy) Adams, who has to conquer his snobbery to woo a lady of lesser station.” — Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

McGegan and Cleveland deliver “perfect 18th century package”

Posted on Nov 18, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan and Cleveland deliver “perfect 18th century package”

“His expertise in the early Classical period radiated through a performance marked by sharp dynamic contrast, tapered phrasing, and keen attention to detail. To the extent that it’s possible to enliven and spruce up Mozart’s music, McGegan did so. The Finale was a pure Classical thrill ride. Repeatedly, in a movement marked Presto, McGegan rallied […]

Rose and NYCO honor Argento at 90

Posted on Nov 10, 2017 in Gil Rose, Reviews | No Comments
Rose and NYCO honor Argento at 90

“Under Rose’s direction, the NYCO orchestra played with polish and style, producing an impressive volume of sound for such a small band.” — Read more at New York Classical Review.

Schwalbe artists give “rich, soaring performances” in Milwaukee

Schwalbe artists give “rich, soaring performances” in Milwaukee

“Dinur, the orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, and sopranos Sherezade Panthaki and Yulia Van Doren, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenor Dominic Armstrong and baritone Alexander Dobson captured the individual character of each of the brief movements, knitting them into a compelling musical whole. The vocal soloists gave musically rich, soaring performances of their solo movements…” — […]

Williams’ “velvety bass-baritone”

Posted on Nov 4, 2017 in Douglas Williams, Reviews | No Comments
Williams’ “velvety bass-baritone”

“His velvety bass-baritone is both as muscular and lithe as Williams is physically and he acts not just with his face but his whole body… Williams’s charisma draws us to him as an enthusiastic lover of life…” — Read more at stage-door.com.

Rose’s performance of “authority and excitement” with Odyssey Opera

Posted on Oct 30, 2017 in Gil Rose, Reviews | No Comments
Rose’s performance of “authority and excitement” with Odyssey Opera

“Gil Rose conducted a performance that increased in authority and excitement as it progressed. He certainly understands the nuance of bel canto, and he knows how to support the voices. I am also glad that he knows this beautiful opera and has brought it to the people of Boston.” — Read more at The Donizetti […]

Cummings and RNS show Haydn’s genius

Posted on Oct 30, 2017 in Laurence Cummings, Reviews | No Comments
Cummings and RNS show Haydn’s genius

“Conductor Laurence Cummings kept order effectively with occasional – and audible – leaps and histrionic gestures. Soloists Mary Bevan (soprano), Anthony Gregory (tenor) and Henry Waddington (Bass) were resplendent in the sustained and demanding arias and recitatives with which Haydn showed the way for all composers after him.” — Read more at The Huddersfield Daily […]

Rose’s “accustomed clarity and assurance” leads Donizetti

Posted on Oct 27, 2017 in Gil Rose, Reviews | No Comments
Rose’s “accustomed clarity and assurance” leads Donizetti

“In Odyssey Opera’s Thursday performance of Domenico Gaetano Donizetti’s rarely mounted L’assedio di Calais (The Siege of Calais), Gil Rose led the assorted forces with his accustomed clarity and assurance. Strong on all fronts that matter, from set design, stage direction, costumes, singers, and orchestra, the show delighted from beginning to end. Anyone with a […]

Halls’ “bold energy and élan” with Houston Symphony

Posted on Oct 21, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls’ “bold energy and élan” with Houston Symphony

“Halls led the orchestra in the familiar strains of the first movement with bold energy and élan. The grand, faintly pompous waltz of the 3rd movement gave way to a 4th that felt as though Halls and the orchestra were playing with contained energy. It’s as if they had all the sonic energy of Mozart’s […]

Quigley “encapsulated” Monteverdi’s “reverence and drama”

Posted on Oct 19, 2017 in Patrick Dupre Quigley, Reviews | No Comments
Quigley “encapsulated” Monteverdi’s “reverence and drama”

“To open Seraphic Fire’s 16th season, artistic director Patrick Quigley presented a Monteverdi rarity–highlights from the Selva Morale et Spirituale—Wednesday night at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Miami. A series of sacred works published in 1640 and 1641 and written for the Basilica of San Marco in Venice , these scores represent Monteverdi at […]