Mainly behind the success was the grace of the music itself under visiting conductor Jory Vinikour. His fingers flew precise instructions simultaneously to baroque instruments and singers alike. And the sense of repetition built into baroque vocal passages was nicely varied and reconstructed. — Read more at Urban Milwaukee.
“Meticulous performance paired with thoughtful, narrative programming to lend a sense of theatre – spellbinding, immersive” — Read more at Schmopera.
“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 […]
“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 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 […]
“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 […]
“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.
“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 […]