"Die eindringlichste Figur ist die der Saida (Die Glückliche), eine Frau, die auf der Flucht ihre Identität verloren hat. Verkörpert wird sie emotionsstark von der griechischen Sopranistin Eleni Calenos, die hierbei ihr Deutschlanddebüt gibt. / The most poignant role is that of Saida (the happy one), a woman who has lost her identity in escaping. It is strongly emotionally portrayed by the Greek soprano Eleni Calenos, who makes her German debut." -KultureFreak.de
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"The stand out performer for me was tenor Matthew Vickers who sang the role of Arnold. . . he sang beautifully and his voice had that metallic resonance. . . We had the experience of hearing a coloratura soprano, Sharin Apostolou, singing a pants role, and she had the rare experience of wearing a dress while doing it. I also want to mention bass Jeffrey Beruan, who played Walter; I’d like to hear more of that voice and I hope he will return to BCO in a larger role." -OperaGe
"Three brilliant performances anchored the opera. . . As the cheerfully demented Kildare—his every appearance marked by an insistent ostinato figure straight from Jenůfa—gifted baritone Daniel Belcher uttered every syllable with relish and point."
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"Joseph Gaines, Deanna Breiwick, Matt Boehler, Melissa Parks, and Jason Ferrante make a wonderfully entertaining group of comedians. Their roles are executed with a combination of effective physical
"We were happy to have Joseph Colaneri in the pit, as he led the orchestra quite crisply through Donizetti's score." -Taminophile Read full review. "Conductor Joseph Colaneri led an exuberant orchestra with an expansive level of support." -The Daily Gazette Read full review. "Maestro Joseph Colaneri does far more than beat time from the podium.He guides and paces the orchestral and vocal forces on both sides of the footlights." -Blasting News Read full review. "Conductor Jose
"The weekend concluded July 9 with Kristine McIntyre's spectacular mounting of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd. DMMO scored a coup in commissioning Britten specialist Steuart Bedford to craft an orchestral reduction that may finally enable other small-scale opera companies to approach the opera. It was stunning... Brumley's design cleverly transformed the playing circle into the bow of the Indomitable. There was a marvelous effect when the exceptional ensemble leapt upon the ra
"The plot has many twists and turns—some humorous, some anything but— including some surprises. The chromatic shifts of harmony and mood in this act made for the most intriguing music of the evening. Mezzo-soprano Eliza Bonet (Mistress Salome) and bass-baritone Matthew Treviño (The Client) were perfectly paired, providing musical power and dramatic excellence. On every level, this was a captivating performance." -Opera News Read full review.
“As to Adriana Zabala, the Composer, Nicole Haslett as Zerbinetta and Marcy Stonikas as Ariadne, we cannot imagine, at least last night in that house, greater perfections. Zabala, lithe and trim in the pants role of (a male) composer, sang movingly (with perfect soupçons of adolescent cosmic angst) in her exquisite mezzo. Exiting the theater, glamorously accoutered as a real star, she confided to us how much she loves this role. Charming and disarming. . . Jeni Houser/Najade,