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 […]

McGegan and Panthaki bring Vivaldi to St. Louis Symphony

McGegan and Panthaki bring Vivaldi to St. Louis Symphony

“McGegan is always fun to watch as he dances about the podium, and his expressiveness set the tone for the entire concert…First came two arias from Vivaldi’s first opera, composed in 1713, “Ottone in villa.” “Gelosia, tu già rendi l’alma mia” is a showy piece; it was sung brilliantly by soprano Sherezade Panthaki.” — Read […]

Butterfield and “the lustrous-toned” Moore in Baltimore

Posted on Dec 1, 2017 in Benjamin Butterfield, Diana Moore, Reviews | No Comments
Butterfield and “the lustrous-toned” Moore in Baltimore

“The vocal soloists — soprano Alisa Jordheim, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, bass-baritone Michael Dean and, especially, the lustrous-toned mezzo Diana Moore — sang vividly.” — Read more at The Baltimore Sun.

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.