"Only Sharin Apostolou, as Nell Gwynn, was consistently audible (although not entirely intelligible), consistently musical, and consistently in character: her bombastic, borderline-incompetent audition-piece was all the more hilarious for being carefully studied and horribly sincere. Apostolou’s credits include Eliza Doolittle and Nellie Forbush, and the experience shows." -ZealNYC Read full review. "soprano Sharin Apostolou was appealing as Nell Gwynn." -New York Classical R
"Director John Hoomes has staged the piece with stylized specificity, using projected visuals to enhance and punctuate the humor. . . Treviño is outstanding as the “Client”
-The Tennessean Read full review. "The Client's character demands a very wide scope of contradictory emotion in just one act, and Mr. Trevino seamlessly moves through that scope – even when he's in a dolly dress and a wig of ringlets while singing a rather sinister aria. Mr. Treviño's robust and impactful
"Joseph Barron’s muscular bass-baritone and flair for dynamic phrasing made him a commanding Kaspar." -Opera News Read full review. "Joseph Barron (Kaspar, the man under the devil's power who attempts to exchange his soul for Max's) likewise delivered a strong and convincing bass baritone and dramatic presence" -Virginia Gazette Read full review. "Bass-baritone Joseph Barron made a snarling Kaspar, the doomed hunter who hopes to wiggle out of his own deal with the Devil by pu
"GEORGES BIZET'S CARMEN opened Utah Opera’s new season on October 8, featuring a uniformly young and attractive cast under the direction of Tara Faircloth. Faircloth deftly fleshed out characters’ motivation, driving momentum and credibility as the story careened to its fated conclusion. She also injected a modicum of humor that, despite one bit of slapstick in the first act that had soldiers swooning during the “Habanera,” briefly relieved mounting tension. The opera, sung i
"The mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer is an expressive Nelly, the housekeeper of Wuthering Heights ... The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joseph Mechavich unveils blooming colors within the score."
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"The other two leads, Keith Jameson as Sancho Panza and Audrey Babcock as Aldonza/Dulcinea, bring the same level of charisma to their performances, revealing the characters as much through their physical acting as through their expressive vocals."
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"Audrey Babcock brings an amazing voice as well as entertainment skills to the stage as main love interest Dulcinea/Aldonza." -Daily Utah Chronicle
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"The high-point of the opera, however, in terms of arias (and this is an opera filled with well-defined arias) was Chen-Ye Yuan as Chou En-lai's toast. He is a baritone of great lyrical skill, seemingly in the early part of his career, but filled with great artistry. As the aria continues and he sings "we have at times been enemies," the passage accumulates extraordinary power. Chen-Ye cast a truly magical spell standing on a row of television sets, with layers of shadows dan