"The other cast members get their moment, and Susanne Mentzer particularly stands out as a strong Nelly the housekeeper and very much a foil for Jarman's Cathy. A significant role is played by the orchestra, and Joseph Mechavich gets a fine performance from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and they take full advantage of the opportunities that Floyd gives them." -PlanetHugill.com Read full review.
"Mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer is an imposing, but dignified Augusta. It would have been easy for Moore and Latouche to write the character out of Act II, after Horace leaves her for Baby Doe, but thankfully they did not. Mentzer makes the most out of her final scenes, where she rejects help for the now-destitute Horace and where she, as an apparition, guides him through the review of his life before he dies penniless. Yet her Act I numbers, particularly the office scene wher
"WITH A COMPELLING, ORGANIC BLEND of musical, dramatic and visual elements, Utah Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro was an unqualified success. The company’s season-ending production, seen May 7, featured a talented, youthful cast enabled by canny stage and musical direction. Set in the early twentieth century with a Downton Abbey vibe, servants and nobles matched wits surrounded by Boyd Ostroff’s handsome set of intricate Moorish arches and lattice work. If anything, the updated
"One slight but interesting difference in emphasis notable in Portugal’s version is a strong focus on the two leading male characters of the piece, the lustful Count Almaviva and his antagonistic servant Figaro. Appropriately, these two roles boasted On Site’s strongest casting. . . In contrast, Jesse Blumberg’s honeyed lyric baritone created a vulnerable, boyish Figaro you could easily believe the Count might crush like a bug. The happy denouement for once seemed not the pro
"Levi Hernandez, with his beautiful lyric baritone, gentle demeanor, and Smith Brothers beard scored a good success as the Music Master." -Opera Today Read full review. "and Levi Hernandez makes an admirable Music Master." -Chicago Tribune Read full review. "other standouts include Levi Hernandez as the Music Master" -Playbackstl.com Read full review. "Levi Hernandez is an excellent Music Master." -KDHX.org
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"Susannah Biller, as Eurydice, sang with effortlessness and provided a noble and impressive counterpart to Cano’s eagerly devoted Orphée. The Act III duet between Biller and Cano offered stunning vocal timbres fully revealing Biller’s silvery tone. To this taste, more expressive change between the fiery and tender moments during the character’s struggle against reuniting and following the gods’ decree could have been even more effective" - Des Moines Register Read full review
"If you are looking for emotional depth as well as beautiful singing you will find it in the female roles. Katherine Whyte shows the Countess as an elegant woman with the patience of an angel and the voice to match. Her songs of despair are tender and her moments of forgiveness are touching. Her performance is wonderful." -Troy Record http://www.troyrecord.com/article/TR/20160629/NEWS/160629749 "Katherine Whyte’s lustrous soprano shone in her few arias as Countess Almaviva" -
"But the “B” could also stand for “beautiful.” Director Kristine McIntyre, whose previous work for the company includes a dark and stark reading of “Dead Man Walking,” takes a different tack here, wrapping the stage and its players in all the glamour of Versailles in the early 1700s. Elegant sets (by R. Keith Brumley) and lavish costumes (rented from Australia) conjure up the “boudoir world” of Madame de Pompadour, as McIntyre notes in the program, when society women wielded