"The count Asdrubale (Richard Ollarsaba, who did well in “L’Opera Seria” here last year, evoking a young Ruggero Raimondi in looks and manner, with a meltingly smooth bass-baritone) . . . were clearly the people of most substance onstage." -Washington Post Read full review.
"Andreassen wrestles with the complexities and ambiguities of Rocco's character, presenting him as an ultimately compassionate man trapped as an agent of a corrupt system. His solidly supported bass rings out in sonorous waves; his duets with Barron, a lyrical bass-baritone, offer much for fans of lower voices to enjoy."-Talkin' Broadway Read full review. "a marvel to hear, as are Andreasson’s bass-baritone and Joseph Barron’s bass (as Rocco and prison governor Don Pizarro, r
Chicago Opera Theater has appointed Lidiya Yankovskaya as its music director, effective immediately. She will work with COT general director designate Douglas Clayton this summer in support of the company’s previously announced 2017-18 season before taking on regular conducting duties with the company as of 2018-19. The Russian-born conductor comes to Chicago bearing an extensive East Coast resume. She currently serves as artistic director of Boston’s Juventus New Music Ensem
"And Karin Wolverton made Donna Anna a powerful vocal presence, hitting high notes that may have shattered glass (although an audience member may have just dropped a glass)." -Pioneer Press
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"In casting the male romantic lead as a baritone rather than the traditional high tenor, Campra broke with the tradition established by Lully and his contemporaries. Jesse Blumberg’s beautiful high notes and clear low range, along with highly nuanced and expressive delivery, made him an ideal choice for the role"
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"Léandre (Jesse Blumberg) ardent but unctuously bluff."
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"The stalwart Pa Joad is sung by baritone Levi Hernandez in another very strong and moving performance." -KDHX.org Read full review. "The huge cast — there are more than 30 artists listed, many of whom sing more than one role — was uniformly well-chosen. . . Levi Hernandez was the determined Pa Joad." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch Read full review.
"Ian McEuen returns to the WNO stage as Goro and fares well in this stylized version of Madame Butterfly, scooting around the stage, rapping open a fan loudly, and in other ways manipulating his every deal with crisp visual clarity."- DC Theatre Scene Read full review. "Another standout is Ian McEuen as the marriage broker Goro. His tenor is attractively piquant and he blends the right mix of self-interest and veiled sympathy."
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"Edward Parks played a sympathetic Marcello, singing with a commanding baritone."
-Star Tribune Read full review. "Edward Parks is a strong Marcello, agonizing when abandoned by Musette, agonizing again when they are reunited. His baritone is well suited for Marcello's efforts to be strong and maintain his dignity when burned by love. Together with Thomas Glass as Schaunard and Benjamin Sieverding as Colline, Parks and Quinn have great rapport as a cluster of friends, clowni
"Edgardo, the man to whom Lucia had pledged her heart, was played in swashbuckling style by tenor Mackenzie Whitney. His luminous tone had plenty of heft to ride the orchestra . . . Whitney and Rethwisch made Edgardo and Lucia a handsome and credible couple."
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