On Saturday night at Powell Symphony Hall, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and Orchestra gave a superb performance of “The Creation,” with a trio of fine soloists, a well-trained chorus, and the orchestra nailing its part, all under the inspired direction of Nicholas McGegan…American bass-baritone Douglas Williams’ angel Raphael set the tone; his big, dark […]
“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.” […]
“…Douglas Williams, who sang both the Ferryman in Curlew River and Aeneas, seemed to have the measure of the room; he walked away with the evening’s vocal honors.” — Read more at zealnyc.
“Rapid passagework in Baroque music can sound finicky, with a kind of sewing-machine needling; but time and again, Cummings encouraged playing and singing that were smooth, gentle, even tender — from the chorus in “He shall purify,” with its rapidly ornamented, high-flying lines, or from the strings in the recitative “There were shepherds.” …”James Kryshak, […]
“Bass-baritone Douglas Williams’ beautifully sung, irrepressibly charming Figaro was perfectly matched by soprano Joelle Harvey’s feisty, smart, strong-willed take on Susanna…” — Read more at jsonline.com.
“Mezzo-soprano Diane Moore portrayed Spring as a kind of earth mother, rich in tones and bossy over the others…baritone Douglas Williams wore a pompous air…As in their previous Tanglewood appearances, McGegan had his period-instrument orchestra playing with impressive unanimity and spirit.” – Read more at berkshireeagle.com.
“The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s string-playing is routinely urbane, and the continuo group’s realisa-tions are impeccably shaded…Diana Moore is expressive with words and musical details in Spring’s splendid arias…part 2 has a theatrical impact thanks to Douglas Williams’s resonance and mastery across a wide-ranging tessitura. This is a delightfully enjoyable revelation of the elder Scarlatti’s genius.” […]