McGegan’s lofty season opener with Philhamornia Baroque Orchestra

Posted on Oct 21, 2019 in Artist News, News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan’s lofty season opener with Philhamornia Baroque Orchestra

“In the nine-movement “Ode,” McGegan’s lively conducting and joyful interactions with the vocalists and lush-sounding orchestra instilled the occasion with vibrancy… “In “Terpsichore,” a prologue of the opera “Il pastor fido,” McGegan guided the orchestra with stately grace through the Prelude. It was followed by an energetic gallop culminating in a foot stomp from the […]

Agnew shocks and awes with Gesualdo’s sacred madrigals

Posted on Oct 21, 2019 in Artist News, News, Paul Agnew, Reviews | No Comments
Agnew shocks and awes with Gesualdo’s sacred madrigals

“Leading it all from his place in the semicircle of singers was Paul Agnew, who gave the most minimal of cues during the performance. Yet his musical direction was evident in the great variety of timbres and effects achieved by his ensemble, and in its secure navigation of this composer’s tortured harmonies…. “Superbly attentive to […]

Cooley’s Octavio was a diamond

Posted on Oct 16, 2019 in Artist News, News, Reviews, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Cooley’s Octavio was a diamond

“And then “the Thomas Cooley case”, the Don Ottavio. What should we say? The man sang his two arias so inhumanly beautifully- his ‘Dalla sua pace’ was a diamond – that for a moment we no longer knew what we were doing. The last thing we are aiming for is the Fritz Wunderlich police, but […]

“Van Doren sang with admirable clarity”

Posted on Sep 18, 2019 in Reviews, Yulia Van Doren | No Comments
“Van Doren sang with admirable clarity”

“Soprano Yulia Van Doren sang with admirable clarity. Her top notes had delicate bloom and good shine, and she had gentle and nuanced expressiveness that brought the text to life.” Read more at Hyde Park Herald

McGegan Embarks on Season-Long Celebration of His 70th Year and Storied Career

Posted on Sep 5, 2019 in Artist News, News, Nicholas McGegan | No Comments
McGegan Embarks on Season-Long Celebration of His 70th Year and Storied Career

Honored conductor Nic McGegan celebrates his 70th birthday throughout the 2019-2020 season with highly-anticipated engagements across the United States and Europe. As a hallmark to his passion for historically-informed performances, this series of performances with friends old and new underscores his formidable expertise as a baroque and classical artist performing at the highest level.  Beginning […]

Gil Rose’s “Maria, Regina D’Inghilterra” among 10 Must See Operas For The Fall Season

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in Artist News, Gil Rose | No Comments
Gil Rose’s “Maria, Regina D’Inghilterra” among 10 Must See Operas For The Fall Season

“The Odyssey Opera is set to present Pacini’s rarely performed work in a fully staged production. Gil Rose conducts the Bel Canto masterwork with Amy Shoremount as Queen Mary and rising star Alisa Jordheim as Clotilde Talbot. Dates: Nov. 1-3, 2019″ Read more at Operawire

McGegan and Cooley among Best of the Bay 2018–2019 Winners

Posted on Aug 27, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
McGegan and Cooley among Best of the Bay 2018–2019 Winners

Best Choral Performance: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale— Handel’s Saul Our reviewer wrote about this performance: “To report that the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale gave a magnificent performance of the work … is both manifestly true and slightly misrepresentative of the achievement. Yes, there were grand and glorious things … but it wasn’t the orchestral showiness that made such […]

McGegan Leads a Triumphal Orchestral Finale to La Jolla SummerFest 2019

Posted on Aug 25, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan Leads a Triumphal Orchestral Finale to La Jolla SummerFest 2019

“McGegan exhibited the zeal and insight into this repertory that has made his San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra internationally celebrated. Not surprisingly, he led the Mozart and Zwilich works with equal finesse and conviction…. “McGegan chose bright tempos that carefully balanced panache with the elegant structure of Mozart’s clever dialogue between the two pianists. —Read […]

Well played by the musicians with McGegan’s baton

Posted on Aug 24, 2019 in Artist News, Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
Well played by the musicians with McGegan’s baton

“Baroque music expert Nicholas McGegan ably conducted a pick-up orchestra drawn from SummerFest’s amazing reserve of musical talent … Well played by the musicians with McGegan’s baton and harpsichord work.” —Read more at The San Diego Union-Tribune

“The more urgent appeal will be to fans of the iridescent voice of Labelle.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2019 in Artist News, Dominique Labelle, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
“The more urgent appeal will be to fans of the iridescent voice of Labelle.”

“Labelle…her vocal radiance you can take pleasure in her recording of Luigi Boccherini’s Stabat Mater for soprano and string quintet(G. 532) with Sarasa Ensemble, recently released on the Naxos label…. “As a worthy document of Boccherini’s chamber style, this CD is of value for its all-embracing charm, but the more urgent appeal will be to fans of […]