“The role of Idomeneo sung by Thomas Cooley was brilliant, especially since several of his arias are easily some of the most challenging in the tenor repertoire. His physical stamina, coupled with his masterful musicianship allowed for an impressive delivery, especially in some challenging melismatic passages. It was an impressive accomplishment…Meg Bragle sang the role […]
“British-born McGegan will take his period instrument ensemble and accompanying chorale to Weill Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, for an unabridged performance of the “Messiah,” one of the best-known works of the baroque era. “We are doing it complete, so there is no escape,” the wry conductor said in a phone interview from […]
“For many New Yorkers of a classical bent, the holiday season officially begins with the two performances of Handel’s “Messiah” at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue…Ms. Bragle and Mr. Bell were especially strong, pliant and communicative.” – Read more at nytimes.com.
“Thomas Cooley brought a vibrant and forceful tenor to Judas…Cooley was consistently strong of voice and alive to the text—ardent and elegant in “No unhallow’d desire” and delivering a clarion “Sound an alarm!” Bragle brought a natural ease and nobility to her arias and Van Doren conveyed her solos with a fresh, graceful quality. Van […]
“Conductor Matthew Halls seems to have absorbed all the best of current thinking on how the works should be performed and added a bit of elegance with his own insights. Need I add that the orchestra played beautifully?” “A special nod must go to soprano Sherezade Panthaki for the purity of her voice and the […]
“Maestro Halls’ conducting is very energetic, and reflects great confidence in demanding precisely what he wants from the orchestra and from the choir. I have often thought that by closely observing a conductor, one could determine if the conductor was primarily a choral conductor or a symphonic conductor. I say that because choral conductors sometimes […]
“A fine quartet of vocal soloists added emotional resonance to the performance. Tenor Thomas Cooley sang the Evangelist’s lines with bold, dramatic flair. In the soprano solos, Sherezade Panthaki was a model of Baroque style and interpretive acuity, and she entered into enchanting conversation with a pinpoint member of the chorus in the echo aria […]