“Chía Patiño… devised a production that emphasized the similarities between Andean and Masonic symbolism…The production drew a significant contingent from Ecuador’s Indian communities, many of them who had never before attended an opera…The Andes Magic Flute follows in the tradition …of a similar impulse to create cultural connections and expand audiences.”
- Opera America
“I didn’t know how my musical and critical ear had fared over the past months - would I have to lower my expectations for “socially distanced open air opera”? Absolutely not. The cast and crew of Northern Lights delivered an exciting performance-global pandemic regardless”
"the principal singers each established their character’s persona well. . . Tucker’s aria “Prendi, per me sei libero” (“Take it, I have freed you”) was equally touching in its expressive detail." - Portland Press Herald
"Rehanna Thelwell, a mezzo-soprano in a stunning golden gown, showed off her range too, from a delicate rendition of Elgar’s “Where Corals Lie” to vocal growls and broad humor in “When You’re Good to Mama” from the musical “Chicago.”" - The Capital Times
"One of the most captivating parts of the night came in Christian Sander's performance as Timothy Laughlin. I was excited to see him take on another role as I thoroughly enjoyed his performance as Toby in this season's SWEENEY TODD. With this role, he left his heart on the stage, not only making this an amazing performance, but one I will not soon forget." -Broadway World
"Tenor Christian Sanders sang the role of Timothy with an innocent vulnerability and vocal clarity. San
"The real highlight, however, was bass-baritone Calvin Griffin as Death. With a controlled and resonant vibrato, Griffin was a shudder-inducing delight on stage and as a disembodied offstage voice. He sang with a depth and timbre unmatched by his castmates." - Washington Classical Review "the powerful vocals of Jonathan Bryan. . . Baritone Jonathan Bryan played the role of the father, a somewhat bumbling noveau riche fellow, addicted to the bottle (no mother in this version).
"As Van Helsing, Seward’s loyal and sensible adviser, Matt Boehler wields a powerfully resonant bass."
- The Dallas Morning News "Minneapolis bass-baritone Matt Boehler, in his Santa Fe Opera debut, performs the role of Doctor Van Helsing. A central character in Stoker’s novel, van Helsing takes on a more peripheral, and principally expositional, role in the opera. Boehler possesses a deep bass voice which brings authority" - Opera Warhorses "Bass-baritone Matt Boehler, who
"The main reasons to see Santa Fe’s Marriage of Figaro, a timeless comedy of errors, are soprano Ying Fang as Susanna, the faithful servant, and mezzo Megan Marino as Cherubino, the infatuated pageboy... With her attractively flexible timbre, and rich chest voice, Marino expresses Cherubino’s ardor. Her “Voi che sapete” is simply delightful." - The Dallas Morning News
"there are plenty of funny moments throughout the production, particularly courtesy of the scene-stealing
"DMMO has hitched its wagon to the sublime talents of soprano Sara Gartland and the annual outcome could not be happier. Having been heard at Des Moines in past seasons as a compelling Jenufa, ravishing Rusalka, and highly affecting Marie in 2019’s Wozzeck, Ms. Gartland proved once again to be a perfect fit for the role at hand, the torn, lovelorn, and fatally frustrated Lisa. Her radiant, full-bodied soprano was made for the passionate outbursts required by the tortured hero
"As Younger Jim, Riesen glowed with his love of Alyce, whom he idealized as the soft, docile woman of his dreams and the mother of his children, thoughts that kept him alive during his captivity. Every inch the hero in stature and voice, Riesen could express the sweetest of emotions or become rapier-sharp with indignation or defiance when he was roused by demons real or imagined.. . Baritone Daniel Belcher was the exceptionally fine singer and actor who brought this complex m