“Four accomplished soloists performing Saturday were soprano Kathryn Muller, mezzo soprano Mikki Sodergren, tenor Oliver Mercer and baritone John Brancy. Mueller appeared with the JSO in its performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. She was particularly memorable in the air “I know my Redeemer liveth,” a haunting passage with close support of solo violin, harpsichord, a […]
“Countertenor Eric Jurenas gave riveting and versatile interpretations throughout in his Boston debut. From his first recitative at “Behold, a virgin shall conceive,” to his last “O death, where is thy sting,” his clarion voice and sensitive phrasing stood out and buoyed the dramatic texts.” – Read more at The Boston Musical Intelligencer.
“Quigley gave the work an infectious momentum, and the three vocal soloists – soprano Margot Rood, tenor Steven Soph and bass Steven Eddy – wove their overlapping vocal lines dexterously.” – Read more at SF Chronicle Datebook
“…the communication between Halls and his forces never flagged. “Messiah” is a long work, but this performance never dragged…Berger, making his SLSO debut, was a particular standout. His is a rich, well-produced voice, and he sings with feeling and understanding.” – Read more at St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Nicholas McGegan brought a spark to the podium that was most welcome…The orchestra, too, was a spirited, unified presence, and McGegan’s guidance from the harpsichord was light and flexible. In short, it was a lithe, poetic, and invigorating account, a musical year to remember.” – Read more at The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
This fall, Juilliard415 and Juilliard singers are presenting two programs of cantatas that explore the results of this sojurn. Collectively called Handel in Rome, the concerts are Aminta e Fillide at the Morgan Library and Museum (November 19) and Clori, Tirsi e Fileno at Alice Tully Hall (December 1). Both evenings also celebrate the two […]
“William Berger was a standout as a Pilate at first smug but increasingly compassionate and finally flummoxed by a mob’s virulence. Not only that, but he could quickly cast off his character to lend a velvet touch to one of the arias that asked listeners to reflect upon the story’s lessons.” – Read more at […]
“The University of Toronto’s Schola Cantorum joined by members of the Choir of the Theatre of Early Music, all under the direction of Daniel Taylor, send the music heavenwards, Ainsworth’s bright, coloratura in the lead. The effect is utterly mesmerizing.” — Read more at Opera Going Toronto.
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 […]