Adams “especially excellent” at San Francisco Symphony’s Carmina Burana

Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in Artist News, Hadleigh Adams, Reviews | No Comments
Adams “especially excellent” at San Francisco Symphony’s Carmina Burana

“Soloists for Carmina burana were baritone Hadleigh Adams, tenor Nicholas Phan, and soprano Nikki Einfeld. All were excellent, perhaps especially Hadleigh Adams, whose robust baritone rang forth with great command and fine Latin and German diction. Adams also negotiated beautifully the vocal shift into falsetto in Dies, nox et omnia/Day, night and all the world. Moreover, Hadleigh Adams initiated some […]

Kelly’s “big rich” and “mellifluous baritone handled the difficult dramatic moments surreptitiously on transgender.”

Posted on Jun 3, 2019 in Artist News, Michael Kelly, Reviews | No Comments
Kelly’s “big rich” and “mellifluous baritone handled the difficult dramatic moments surreptitiously on transgender.”

“We meet Hannah performed by Michael Kelly, a big rich baritone, who is pedaling around on his delivery bike tossing newspapers on doorsteps. He shows us the soft silky blouse with a bow that he wears under his masculine windbreaker. From time to time, as he sings, he stuffs socks where his breasts should be. […]

“Dobson encapsulates a distinctly dark, sinister side”

Posted on May 27, 2019 in Alexander Dobson, Artist News, Reviews | No Comments
“Dobson encapsulates a distinctly dark, sinister side”

“Alexander Dobson confidently captured my attention immediately as the story begins when he sings in his rich baritone voice. “Mr. Dobson encapsulates a distinctly dark, sinister side to The Master’s character which sent a chill down my spine.” —Read more at ONSTAGE BLOG

“Bach given uplifting treatment” by McGegan, Bragle, & Panthaki

“Bach given uplifting treatment” by McGegan, Bragle, & Panthaki

“McGegan is a jolly man who clearly loves his work and engages with the performers and audience with utmost geniality. It is impossible not be drawn into the general air of ‘isn’t this all fun?’ that radiates from face, his demeanour, and his conducting. This very ‘up’ view of life spilled over into the music […]

Panthaki “handled high tessitura with ease” and Cooley’s “greasepaint sensibility”

Posted on May 14, 2019 in Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki, Thomas Cooley | No Comments
Panthaki “handled high tessitura with ease” and Cooley’s “greasepaint sensibility”

“Thomas Cooley brought the greasepaint sensibility most pungently in his animated ‘A thousand, thousand ways we’ll find’ with the chorus. “Soprano Sherezade Panthaki handled the hushed dynamics and high tessitura of ‘See, even Night herself’ with ease…” —Read more at Chicago Classical Review

Panthaki’s “superhuman vocal stamina”

Posted on May 8, 2019 in Reviews, Sherezade Panthaki | No Comments
Panthaki’s “superhuman vocal stamina”

“Well-known throughout Baroque performance circles, Panthaki showed no fear of the space in the University Chapel, displaying a voice which soared into the Gothic architecture. It takes an unusual singer to fill the Chapel acoustic as a soloist, and especially in the upper registers, Panthaki’s voice was clear all the way to the last pew. […]

Kirkby is “delicate” and “detailed” in recital

Posted on Apr 22, 2019 in Emma Kirkby, Reviews | No Comments
Kirkby is “delicate” and “detailed” in recital

“British soprano and early music icon Emma Kirkby’s performance of Italian, French and English Baroque lute songs, alongside lutenist Jakob Lindberg, was as delicate as it was detailed.” -Read more at Sydney Morning Herald.

Halls “a thrill to watch” in Mahler with Toronto Symphony

Posted on Apr 21, 2019 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
Halls “a thrill to watch” in Mahler with Toronto Symphony

The TSO’s performance was arresting, reaching deafening peaks and eerie rustles. Perhaps there was a bit of improvisatory adrenaline, since British maestro Matthew Halls had stepped in on short notice to replace an ailing Juanjo Mena. Halls was a thrill to watch, the leader of all that onstage drama that Mahler writes into his score. […]

“Matthew Halls scored a triumph”

Posted on Apr 18, 2019 in Matthew Halls, Reviews | No Comments
“Matthew Halls scored a triumph”

“…the results were profoundly inspired revelations of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony…Halls had a tall order placed before him and he didn’t flinch…the highlight of the night was Halls’ masterstroke of bringing the third, fourth and fifth movements together in an undifferentiated hymn to contemplation, of life and death, of meaning and mortality, and ultimately, of the […]

Butterfield’s “clarion tenor”

Posted on Apr 16, 2019 in Benjamin Butterfield, Reviews | No Comments
Butterfield’s “clarion tenor”

“Of course, the opening funereal measures of the Requiem had a sobering effect, but even here, Mozart did not neglect the element of theatricality. Dashon Burton’s thundering basso in “Tuba mirum” was a stunner, followed by Butterfield’s clarion tenor, Atkinson’s silky mezzo, and Colton’s sweet and airy soprano — in fact an entire progression of […]