"All praise goes to the cast, who gave this material their full commitment. . . Matthew Burns was appropriately sinister as Dr. Primus. . . Kudos to the cast, with special mentions to . . . Matthew Burns as Sir Simon, whose comedic gifts stole the show." -New York Concert Review Read full review.
"There are similarly remarkable performances from Audrey Babcock as the complicit, dutiful, sensitive consular Secretary. . . Victoria Livengood, whose flexible mezzo-soprano managed a remarkably deep register for the distraught Mother" -StageandCinema.com Read full review. "Victoria Livengood. . . gave a powerful, sympathetic and beautifully sung performance as The Mother. Audrey Babcock's strong singing contrasted with her chilly portrayal; she remained aloof, never made ey
"Also strong is tenor Mackenzie Whitney, in his company debut as Frederic. He’s got a large, ear-pleasing voice and a sunny stage presence" -San Diego Tribune Read full review. "The performances here are excellent with beautiful crooning by Whitney." -StageandCinema.com Read full review. "Of course it is young Frederic’s ridiculous allegiance to this king and his band that keeps the story moving, and tenor Mackenzie Whitney fulfills this duty vocally and with a display of com
"Conductor Robert Tweten led the Utah Symphony in a lovingly detailed performance of the lush Puccini score." -The Salt Lake Tribune
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"Robert Tweten conducted. He does this with precision and incredible pacing. Tweten has enjoyed a long collaboration with the Utah Opera and Symphony. This will be his eleventh experience conducting the Opera/Symphony since 2005. The orchestra swells and persuades the audience, just as much as the actors on the stage. We feel
"In “Cavalleria,” the role of Santuzza, the rejected lover of Turiddu, was sung mournfully by soprano Dana Beth Miller, who hit the high notes with ease and distinctive clarity. Judging by the standing ovation at the end of the performance, she was clearly the audience favorite." -The New Orleans Advocate Read full review.
"The outstanding mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle, her voice dark and warm and a tangible anchor in the ensembles. . . As Wright, the fine baritone Sidney Outlaw . . .The whole thing was, though, a generally intense and pleasurable musical experience in the hands of UrbanArias founder and conductor Robert Wood." -Anne Midgette, Washington Post Read full review. "Taking on this complicated challenge was Sidney Outlaw as Frank Lloyd Wright. In “And her scent, was it musk?” and “Eac
"The evening was marked by many fine performances. Lidiya Yankovskaya led a fully committed pit orchestra that met the challenges of Wachner’s wide-ranging vision with ease . . . Baritone Michael Mayes (Lucifer). . . occupied center stage early on. Mayes’s resonant baritone portrayed a jovial, if put-upon Lucifer, frustrated with the underworld, but not immune to the carnal distractions of the Furies or, when he re-takes Paradise, of a scantily-clad Adam. . . Well-cast suppor
“Norina, whom Pasquale is duped into marrying, was a feisty Hollywood starlet, first spotted in a foam-flecked bathtub, suffused with pink-blush lighting. Both characters were colorfully sung and acted. Soprano Susannah Biller was a Norina to be reckoned with, slapping, shoving and verbally abusing Pasquale in an effort to secure the quickest divorce in operatic history. Biller’s voice had sauce and stamina, and the technical flexibility to execute the testing trills that Don