“As Hawk, baritone Jesse Blumberg was delightful and immediately engaging: his dark, broad sound easily provided solid basis for a believable, seductive swagger. Blumberg’s interpretation matures with his character: circumstance tempers his initial confidence and Blumberg effectively conveys the character’s brooding interior life. Blumberg’s sensitive turn in Hawk’s final aria “Our very own home” was the dramatic highlight of the entire evening.” -Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Baritone Noel Bouley as Baron Scarpia is frightening even by his sheer physical appearance: tall, long-haired, somber, he stands as a symbol of evil and seems by his powerful voice even more insurmountable. He wants Floria Tosca for himself - by force." - Barbara Hauter, Klassik Begeistert Read full review. "With Noel Bouley stood a beefy Scarpia-giant, full-bodied baritone for the unrestrained power-man." - Wolf-Dieter Peter, NMZ Read full review. "The American baritone Noe
"Joseph Mechavich conducts the wonderful live orchestra... This innovative interpretation of a traditional opera shines with contemporary sparkle.” -Broadway World Read full review. "Under the direction of Joseph Mechavich, the Minnesota Opera Orchestra brings out all of the whimsical sweetness of Rossini’s score, acting as the musical engine that keeps this comedy skipping gleefully forward and making sure that the focus upon fun is unwavering." -Pioneer Press Read full revi
In the 2019-2020 season, between Los Angeles Opera, The Dallas Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, there are 53 conductor engagements. Of those 53 conductor appearances, five will be women. "Historically speaking, it's a man on the podium leading an orchestra," said Lisa Bury, Dallas Opera's chief advancement and strategy officer. "There have been women, and very successful women, but the vast majority have been male, and in an era, i.e. the 21st century, it's time as an indust
"Eleni Calenos was magnificent in the challenging role of Cio-Cio-san. Does casting the role with a non-Asian performer in 2019 naturalize cultural appropriation? Or is Puccini among the first composers to offer a critique of cultural imperialism? The answer at this point is surely a qualified “yes” to both. Thanks to her rigorous yet stirring approach, Calenos brought the kind of tact and self-awareness to the role that will help it survive in the new century. . . . . .Audre
The Age/Sydney Morning Herald – June 21 (Cameron Woodhead) "As Judge Turpin, Daniel Sumegi’s malevolent credentials are beyond reproach – he sang Hagen, after all, in Neil Armfield’s Ring Cycle for Opera Australia. Here his acting channels the ghost of Alan Rickman in the Tim Burton film, while the voice builds a deep and reverberant tomb of hypocrisy." Limelight Magazine – June 14, 2019 (Jo Litson) "Opera bass-baritone Daniel Sumegi is a powerful presence as the evil Judge a
"The success of this precarious balance act is primarily due to the production of the show's two central characters: Sweeney Todd and his hostess, Mrs. Lovett - who make "the worst pies in London".
The American baritone Michael Mayes, who sings Sweeney Todd, not only has an absolutely formidable voice, he has a fiercely scenic presence.
In his version, Todd becomes a frightening, demonic figure who fills and dominates the stage room with vengeful and murderous fantasies."