"Wm. Clay Thompson’s Father Palmer and Timothy Bruno as the General were strong contributors to this stirring performance" -Opera News Read full review. "Ideally cast as Father Palmer, Wm. Clay Thompson delivers a Christmas mass in Latin for soldiers from all three camps." -Operatoonity Read full review.
"Sometimes opera performances are dominated by a single singer. That was the case Friday evening when Mill City Summer Opera opened its new staging of Bizet's "Carmen" at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. Mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock has sung the part of Carmen more than 150 times. The experience showed in her nuanced, smoldering portrayal of the fiery gypsy stalked by an obsessive ex-lover. Whether unzipping an orange suggestively or running a practiced foot along an army lie
"Music director Joseph Colaneri led a sumptuous performance featuring an expanded orchestra. Long passages of the opera carry on with no singing and the instrumental writing mostly consists of cells of repeated, churning activity rather than the kind of sweeping melodies associate with European opera. The resulting music is a vivid depiction of natural life that scampers about, darts here and there, and reveals its riches through patient observation. . . Though denied flashy
Flight Soars High in Des Moines "Jonathan Dove’s innovative opera Flight is being lavished with an absolutely riveting new production at Des Moines Metro Opera’s resoundingly successful 2018 Festival… I am not sure what other opera companies are doing for world class singers at the moment, since they seem to all have been assembled in Indianola, Iowa to people this exquisitely realized performance... Director Kristine McIntyre has inspired this miracle of an ensemble cast to
"All three Tabarro principals acted (and interacted) very credibly. Eleni Calenos (Giorgietta) proved a find, a real verista who delivered the goods stylistically, with keen phrasing and darkly warm if occasionally resin-tipped vocalism. Matthew Vickers looked a burly but virile Luigi and sustained some of Puccini’s most challenging tenor music with ringing power. . . Equipped with healthy chest voice, Alissa Anderson charmed the audience with Frugola’s antics . . . Calenos a
"Under the sure hands of stage director Tara Faircloth and conductor Timothy Myers, these one-act operas spanned a broad emotional range with tight drama, good pacing and imaginative charm . . . Scott Piper sang Canio with palpable menace. Piper’s “Vesti la giubba” was artfully paced and played to his dramatic strengths. His interaction with Marina Costa-Jackson as Nedda was brutal and terrifyingly realistic." -Opera News Read full review.
"Quebec-born soprano Marie-Eve Munger was a winning Gilda; her account of the role embraced both the girlish charm of the first act—“Caro nome” was captivating—and the passionate self-sacrifice (however misguided) of the last. Her coloratura was as expressive as it was secure; her otherworldly singing in the final scene held the audience rapt. This is an artist to reckon with." -Opera News Read full review.
"Pittsburgh Opera – Moby Dick“the stentorian but smooth-toned Starbuck of Michael Mayes, a wonderful vocalist whose ringing sound was thrilling on its own, but always used to define character and sentiment.” -Opera News Read full review.