"Soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine was at her best in the slower, more lyrical solos, in which her pearly tone could be heard most clearly. She resisted the common urge to over-dramatize “I know that my Redeemer liveth,” instead showing how effective this aria is when sung simply and gracefully. . . Mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen brought the strongest sense of characterization of any of the soloists, with a flexible timbre that was pliable to a variety of delivery styles. She sang the o
"Daniel Belcher was an austere, yet sensitive and elegant sounding Melchior. His rendition of “Oh, Woman, You Can Keep That Gold,” was a real musical highlight of the performance."
-Opera Wire Read full review. "The Magi offered complementary virtues...and, above all, baritone Daniel Belcher’s heartbreaking sweetness of voice and personality."-The Observer Read full review. "And granting Melchior an extra dose of compassion, baritone Daniel Belcher, a Grammy-winner who origi
"Bass-baritone soloist Richard Ollarsaba was especially impressive, his rich, smooth timbre gently ballooning with the celli and basses at times and crashing stridently among the brass at others." -Pittsburgh Post Gazette Read full review.
"Star-Making Performances, Female: Mezzo-soprano CATHERINE MARTIN brought a voice full of colors and a large, secure range to her performance as Leonora, the title character in Donizetti’s La Favorita in the concert version presented by New Amsterdam Opera. She was indefatigable in this long, challenging role on a very hot night in June in a church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and earned huge ovations." -WQXR.org Read full article.
"From the moment we began to hear Blumberg's well-rounded low notes, I knew that he could rank among the best basses I've heard live in Messiah . . . the range, authority, and sheer beauty of Blumberg's singing were nonpareil. Coupled with Wilson's virtuosity, Blumberg's was the best "Trumpet Shall Sound" I've heard anytime, anywhere." -Classical Voice North Carolina Read full review.
"Best of all was the Godmother of Marie-Eve Munger, whose pinpoint coloratura and saucy characterization bewitched the audience in her every appearance—the woman knows how to flaunt a platinum punk “do” and glitter polish."
-Opera News Read full review. "No character is more central to conjuring the opera’s wizardry and wonder than the Fairy Godmother, and coloratura soprano Marie-Eve Munger, in her Lyric debut, did just that through vocal gymnastics and saucy body movement.
"The orchestra and its director, Christopher Larkin, deserve highest praise. Never overpowering the singers, they brought to the music a wealth of nuance and expression, controlling tempo as needed. Larkin followed the soloists, requested and received dynamic variety from the instruments, and propelled the dramatic tempo throughout." -Oregon Artswatch
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