McGegan shapes OAE’s “finally detailed playing” in Beamish premiere

Posted on Sep 25, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan shapes OAE’s “finally detailed playing” in Beamish premiere

“It’s all perhaps closer to opera than to oratorio, and this premiere, with the OAE’s finely detailed playing shaped by Nicholas McGegan, was economically and unfussily staged by Peter Thomson.” — Read more at The Guardian.

Rose’s “triumph of stamina and execution”

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 in Gil Rose, Reviews | No Comments
Rose’s “triumph of stamina and execution”

“…a triumph of stamina and execution…the orchestra as a whole played with far more confidence and conviction than you’d expect for a one-off performance of a rare and challenging score. At the end of the night, the crowd’s ovation was robust, appreciative — and well-deserved.” — Read more at The Boston Globe.

Williams’ “heroic bass-baritone”

Posted on Sep 10, 2017 in Douglas Williams, Reviews | No Comments
Williams’ “heroic bass-baritone”

“Williams displayed a heroic bass-baritone and brought an imposing presence to his selections. He put across a powerfully dramatic account of Schumann’s “Belsazar,” winnowing down to a strikingly hushed coda. He also lightened his voice and style artfully in two comic, wryly witty excerpts from Heggie’s Songs of the Moon, set to Vachel Lindsay texts.” […]

Quigley’s “intensely dramatic” Mozart ‘Requiem’

Posted on Aug 20, 2017 in Patrick Dupre Quigley, Reviews | No Comments
Quigley’s “intensely dramatic” Mozart ‘Requiem’

“Quigley presented an intensely dramatic view of Mozart’s last work…the sonic result of Friday night’s performance hit the ears with an impact that could not have been gainsaid.” — Read more at Cleveland Plain Dealer

Patrick Quigley: In Cleveland, a joyous Mozart Requiem

Posted on Aug 20, 2017 in Patrick Dupre Quigley, Reviews | No Comments
Patrick Quigley: In Cleveland, a joyous Mozart Requiem

“Particularly impressive was Quigleyʼs command of such a large choral group, showing fingertip control of the dynamics and maintaining a vibrant, passionate quality in the singing through even the gentlest passages…Itʼs rare for a visiting conductor to show the level of technical mastery Quigley achieved in limited rehearsal time. The sound was transparent and expertly […]

LA Times: McGegan and Panthaki at The Bowl for all-Vivaldi

Posted on Aug 11, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
LA Times: McGegan and Panthaki at The Bowl for all-Vivaldi

It’s as reliable as a sunrise: a Nicholas McGegan appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in August. The conductor was at his perennial Bowl gig again Thursday night, and as usual McGegan’s agenda was locked into the 18th century — all Vivaldi this time…a later solo showcase allowed Panthaki to display her full, luxuriously toned upper […]

Halls’ “18th century splendour”

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls’ “18th century splendour”

“Conductor Matthew Halls transported us back to glorious times with flair, prefacing Handel’s Zadok the Priest with a punchy fanfare of his own devising.” — William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

McGegan/PBO’s Le Temple “proved an utter delight”

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan/PBO’s Le Temple “proved an utter delight”

“The two most notable operatic events of the spring in San Francisco had nothing to do with the San Francisco Opera and both represented a major collaboration between music and dance. In Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall (April 28), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and Cal Performances collaborated on the first modern […]

Murrihy’s “honeyed tones” at Santa Fe Opera

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in Paula Murrihy, Reviews | No Comments
Murrihy’s “honeyed tones” at Santa Fe Opera

“…mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy sang a full compliment of opera seria arias with honeyed tones as the knight Ruggiero.” — Maria Nockin, BWW Review

Murrihy “superb” in house debut at Santa Fe

Posted on Jul 30, 2017 in Paula Murrihy, Reviews | No Comments
Murrihy “superb” in house debut at Santa Fe

“Mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy, in her house debut, was superb as Ruggiero. She brought the total package to the part both vocally and dramatically: beautiful timbre, gorgeous phrasing, sophisticated singing technique, sensitivity to what we understand of Baroque style.” — Read more at The Santa Fe New Mexican.