Quigley and Seraphic Fire are “spellbinding, immersive”

Posted on Jan 22, 2018 in Patrick Dupre Quigley, Reviews | No Comments
Quigley and Seraphic Fire are “spellbinding, immersive”

“Meticulous performance paired with thoughtful, narrative programming to lend a sense of theatre – spellbinding, immersive” — Read more at Schmopera.

Schade “in his natural element” with Calgary Philharmonic

Posted on Jan 20, 2018 in Michael Schade, Reviews | No Comments
Schade “in his natural element” with Calgary Philharmonic

“It was a treat to have Canada’s European-based Michael Schade in the tenor role. Overall, the tenor has the most to sing and also has the most expressive music. Vocally, Schade was in his natural element here, his focused tenor voice and thorough understanding of German oratorio style evident at every turn. The final duet […]

Gil Rose leads the Beyond Festival Orchestra in Pittsburgh

Posted on Jan 12, 2018 in Gil Rose, Reviews | No Comments
Gil Rose leads the Beyond Festival Orchestra in Pittsburgh

“Mr. Rose led the orchestra through the aggressive opening gestures with ferocity, juxtaposing the more lyrical wind solos and microtonal melodic fragments with an ear for contrast.” — Read more at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Panthaki is “sensational” and Moore “shimmering” in PBO’s Joseph with Mcgegan

Panthaki is “sensational” and Moore “shimmering” in PBO’s Joseph with Mcgegan

“Panthaki was absolutely sensational, singing with sumptuous tone, extraordinarily flexible and apparently effortless coloratura, and impeccable diction…the role of Joseph was elegantly sung by mezzo-soprano Diana Moore, whose burnished low notes resounded darkly while her shimmering high notes shone brightly…conductor Nicholas McGegan led his period-instrument orchestra in a rhythmically pulsating score.” — Read more at […]

SF Chronicle: “Rapturous soprano Panthaki helps Philharmonia’s ‘Joseph’ take flight”

Posted on Dec 15, 2017 in Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
SF Chronicle: “Rapturous soprano Panthaki helps Philharmonia’s ‘Joseph’ take flight”

“Panthaki has thankfully become a regular presence in Philharmonia concerts over the past few years, but — as with the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson before her — it becomes increasingly difficult to find words that will adequately convey the multifold splendor of her singing. It is full-bodied and rich in coloration, yet her phrases move […]

Murrihy’s “entrancing” debut with Boston Baroque

Posted on Dec 10, 2017 in Paula Murrihy, Reviews | No Comments
Murrihy’s “entrancing” debut with Boston Baroque

“Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy made a memorable Boston Baroque debut, with a dolefully entrancing “He was despised.” Her vowels were tall, her lines cleanly sculpted, and her timbre refreshingly earthbound.” — Read more at The Boston Globe.

Adams’ “stirring account” of Handel’s Messiah

Posted on Dec 9, 2017 in Hadleigh Adams, Reviews | No Comments
Adams’ “stirring account” of Handel’s Messiah

“When the baritone Hadleigh Adams made his entrance, with a stern, declamatory and fortissimo “Thus saith the Lord,” a couple audience members visibly jumped in their seats. After the mellow, fluid tones of the tenor, these words came as a game changer, intense and operatic. He gave a stirring account of the slow crescendo of […]

STL Post Dispatch: “Jory Vinikour, Avi Avital and SLSO make Vivaldi come alive”

Posted on Dec 8, 2017 in Jory Vinikour, Reviews | No Comments
STL Post Dispatch: “Jory Vinikour, Avi Avital and SLSO make Vivaldi come alive”

“At the end of each concerto, the audience applauded; at the end of the complete work, the audience roared…He’s a superb technician with an idiomatic, committed approach to the music.” — Read more at The St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Hadleigh Adams’ “comic tour de force” with LA Phil

Posted on Dec 6, 2017 in Hadleigh Adams, Reviews | No Comments
Hadleigh Adams’ “comic tour de force” with LA Phil

“The baritone Hadleigh Adams delivered a comic tour de force as General Lansing, who becomes unhinged as he extolls a Trumpian “wall of defense” that is supposed to keep aliens at bay. Gosfield gives him a full-on mad scene, with deranged atonal coloratura.” — Read more at The New Yorker.

Panthaki’s “expert interpretive skills” at BEMF

Posted on Dec 5, 2017 in Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
Panthaki’s “expert interpretive skills” at BEMF

“Sherezade Panthaki, a newcomer for the festival we hope to hear here again soon, sang the aria with a full palette of tonal color and expert interpretive skills. In the da capo repeat of the first theme, Panthaki mined the passion inherent in the aria for all it was worth.” — Read more at Berkshire […]