"Osmin, the buffoonish micromanager of the nightclub, is well cast in the towering figure of bass Matt Boehler, who transmitted the frothing insecurity of a man driven by jealousies and a yearning for authority. Though he bullies everyone, he saves a bulk of that ire for the happy-go-lucky Pedrillo, whose casual ease is a threat. . . Playing off each other, Boehler and Leppek carry most of the comedy.
-KC Studio Read full review. "The crime boss "Pasha" Selim (Matthew J Will
"Under the baton of Joseph Mechavich, our Louisville Orchestra was true and passionate to the beloved score. . . One of the most memorable occurrences of the evening was the entrance of Richard Ollarsaba’s Escamillo. Donned in a beautiful pin-striped suit, dapper to the nines and with a tight barbered scruff, he was a vision of want and desire. But as he began to sing the Toreador song, I know I heard one or more members of the audience, if not the singers on stage, make an a
"All were notable and deserving of mention, but I was especially impressed by the four leading female roles. . . and contralto Alissa Anderson as Princess Clarissa, the king’s scheming niece, menacing in fox-hunting attire." -Bachtrack Read full review. “Alissa Anderson, a fast-rising contralto, deserves to graduate to a more substantial assignment than the one she’s given here, as the King’s conniving niece who plots to usurp the throne for herself.”
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"Singing was high-quality throughout the opera. The clear-voiced soprano Eleni Calenos was a sympathetic Mimi opposite the robust tenor Mackenzie Whitney as Rodolfo, who relaxed in his high register as he went along." -Cleveland Classical Read full review. "As the poet Rodolfo, tenor Mackenzie Whitney brought a lightness of tone and earnestness of demeanor to a difficult role that requires the singer to walk the line between ardent lover and callous cad, a distinction Whitney
"Rainelle Krause als Tania erzeugt solch kristalline Töne" / "Rainelle Krause as Tania creates such crystalline tones" -Badische Zeitung Read full review. "Die Frauenpartien der Revolutionärinnen in „Al gran sole“ fordern von den Sopranistinnen höchste Virtuosität in höchster Lage über weit gespannte Phrasen. Rainelle Krause fasziniert als verängstigte, sterbende Tania Bunke" / "The female roles of the revolutionaries in "Al gran sole" demand from the sopranos the highest vir
"THERE WERE SURPRISES on July 14 with Kristine McIntyre’s emotionally shattering mounting of Alban Berg’s seminal twelve-tone masterpiece Wozzeck. . . Baritone Michael Mayes created a magnificently rendered portrait of the bedeviled protagonist that was heart-wrenching in its volatility and desperation. The poignant Marie of Sara Gartland was something of a revelation. Gartland delivered the character through a gleaming column of sound that remained incisive yet consistently
"Tenor Daniel Montenegro is well cast as Tybalt, his voice has darkened in the years since he's been here last, and he is a good foil for Roméo." - Opera Tattler Read full review. "...tenor Daniel Montenegro (Merola 2010; Adler Fellowship 2011), as Juliet's testosterone-driven brother Tybalt, made a robust impression." -Bay Area Reporter Read full review.