Date Book: Philharmonia Chorale takes the spotlight in an all-Mozart season opener

Posted on Oct 6, 2018 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
Date Book: Philharmonia Chorale takes the spotlight in an all-Mozart season opener

“McGegan led his forces with a combination of fleet phrasing — his longtime interpretive stock-in-trade — and a certain respectful calm that seemed entirely appropriate to the repertoire.” — Read more at datebook.sfchronicle.com

Benjamin Butterfield named to Royal Society of Canada

Posted on Sep 13, 2018 in Reviews | No Comments
Benjamin Butterfield named to Royal Society of Canada

Among elected to the RSC’s distinguished ranks are School of Music professor Benjamin Butterfield, one of Canada’s finest tenors…While Butterfield has won international plaudits as one of Canada’s best operatic tenors, he is equally passionate about his role as head of voice for UVic’s School of Music. “With a performance career, the more you’re in […]

BBC Music Magazine: “Le Temple de la Glorie” review

Posted on Sep 13, 2018 in Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
BBC Music Magazine: “Le Temple de la Glorie” review

“Nicholas McGegan’s touch has never been surer, and he pushes artists and moods to their expressive limits.” — Read more at BBC Music Magazine.

Adams’ “roaring chest voice and shrill falsetto”

Posted on Aug 14, 2018 in Hadleigh Adams, Reviews | No Comments
Adams’ “roaring chest voice and shrill falsetto”

“…he barihunk has a brawny voice to back up his toned physique. His final solo was an unsettling display of hysterics — imposingly perched atop a banquet table, Adams leaped erratically between roaring chest voice and shrill falsetto.” — Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice.

Adams’ “fearless” performance with West Edge Opera

Posted on Aug 12, 2018 in Hadleigh Adams, Reviews | No Comments
Adams’ “fearless” performance with West Edge Opera

“In the end, though, much of the production’s success rests on the fearless, steely and musically alert performances of Buck and Adams. Both of them are well known locally as artists who never shy away from a challenge, but their contributions here — which combine imperious technical panache and a lingering air of vulnerability — […]

McGegan and Susan Graham close out Caramoor Summer 2018

Posted on Aug 4, 2018 in Nicholas McGegan, Reviews | No Comments
McGegan and Susan Graham close out Caramoor Summer 2018

“Caramoor ended its summer festival with a special treat for opera lovers, a concert with Susan Graham, accompanied by the always-fabulous Orchestra of St. Luke’s, led by Nicholas McGegan. Once again, the weather on the leafy estate of Caramoor, with its sumptuous gardens and grounds, was a perfect match to the delightful and intriguing program.” […]

SF Classical Voice: “Philharmonia Baroque Go for Glory”

Posted on Jul 17, 2018 in News, Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
SF Classical Voice: “Philharmonia Baroque Go for Glory”

“The orchestra, stretched to 40 players (triple winds plus extra percussion and a musette [bagpipe]), captures all the rapidly shifting moods brilliantly. There are tons of short, contrasting movements, the essence of this court entertainment, and Music Director Nicholas McGegan puts the orchestra through its paces, thoroughly characterizing each one.” — Read more at San […]

“Opulent-voiced mezzo Mary Phillips”

Posted on Jul 14, 2018 in Artist News, News, Reviews | No Comments
“Opulent-voiced mezzo Mary Phillips”

“Opulent-voiced mezzo Mary Phillips was dominant and domineering as Wotan’s beleaguered wife Fricka” — Read more at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dobson’s “warm and powerful baritone”

Posted on Jul 7, 2018 in Alexander Dobson, Artist News, News, Reviews | No Comments
Dobson’s “warm and powerful baritone”

“Following Intermission, Alexander Dobson’s warm and powerful baritone voice filled the barn with the despair of a man who has been rejected by the one to whom he has confessed his love and longing. Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Op. 48, a cycle of sixteen songs, is the epitome of German Romanticism. No one can express despair better […]

KC Star: “For summertime listening, it doesn’t get any better.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2018 in Artist News, News, Nicholas McGegan, Recording, Reviews | No Comments
KC Star: “For summertime listening, it doesn’t get any better.”

“Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale have just released a recording of an opera that is a perfect example of Rameau’s genius. “Le Temple de la Gloire” (“The Temple of Glory”) was first performed in 1745 at Versailles to celebrate the French victory at the Battle of Fontenoy and features a libretto […]