Arizona Opera "The terrific mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock goes by “Toledo,” a nickname from her commanding officer that stuck. She’s a loner, she tells the wounded soldier, the only girl in a family of military men whom she followed into the service and to the frontline. And while she puts on a tough facade, she’s deeply moved and impacted when her fellow soldiers sacrifice their lives during an enemy attack to save hers."
– Arizona Daily Star Opera Carolina "Mezzo-soprano Aud
“Except that jealousy and art and passion are forever intermingled in celebrated singer Floria Tosca’s (Karen Slack) personality . . . It’s a game between the two, an affectionate squabbling that feels like a ritual. There’s real magnetism between Slack and Pomeroy, so much so that when Scarpia finally breaks Tosca and she forlornly sings the aria Vissi d’arte, you can’t help but be drawn in, as the Jubilee audience was on Saturday night, scattered shouts of “brava” erupting
Elizabeth Askren's TEDx talk is live and received 3k+ views in its first 24 hours! Comments from Elizabeth:
""Why Classical Music is the Wave of the Future" is the most urgent message I've ever written, and it's made with love for EVERYONE - #CEOs, #musicians, #politicians, #teachers, #artists, #techies, #parents, #administrators, #scientists, #students, #volunteers and so many more. In this TEDxZorilor Talk, I explore the ways in which you can use classical music to combat
“Crider’s Alfio was wonderful. Alfio, a proud man who revels in his status, is well aware of the shame that will follow when he discovers he’s been betrayed. He’s angry, but his quiet fury is all the more menacing. Crider’s stage presence fits the character perfectly, and his strong, deep, and rich baritone makes his a perfect verismo and Verdi voice.” -The Toledo Blade
10.12.22 | CanvasRebel We were lucky to catch up with John Riesen recently and have shared our conversation below. John, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today We’d love to hear about a project that you’ve worked on that’s meant a lot to you. Last month, at the end of August, I had the great pleasure of joining a group on America’s Got Talent to perform for millions of people on national TV. Every step of the way was surreal, and like living out a drea
"Michael Mayes, as Duke Bluebeard, expressed unconditional love and realness throughout his entire performance. His lush tone variety and flawless register shifts were magnificent. Mayes brought a lightness to Bluebeard as he cared for his sick wife but did not shy away from the bitter truth of being a caregiver. He let loose and expressed the frustration of his sorrowful monotony."
– Operawire "From a musical standpoint, Mayes and Bullock both deserve top honors. While Blue
"This production was blessed with a trio of powerhouse leads, with Eleni Calenos’s Tosca winning our affections and admiration for her vocal focus (especially on the haunting aria “Vissi d’arte” (“I lived for art”)" – Santa Barbara Independent
Click here for more information and to get your copy of the album. For her second collaboration on the ATMA Classique label, soprano Marie-Eve Munger releases Maestrino Mozart, an album devoted to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rarely-heard arias composed between the ages of 10-16. Maestrino Mozart, out September 16, 2022, features Munger alongside Les Boréades de Montréal and conductor Philippe Bourque. It presents a program curated to contradict any assumption that Mozart’s earl
"Escamillo was sung by Richard Ollarsaba; I’ve seen him played more laddishly and crudely by some, heightening the contrast between himself and the erst-while respectable Don José; Ollarsaba looked and sang more gentlemanlike: a fine, resonant bass-baritone."
– Bachtrack "Richard Ollarsaba portrayed the bullfighter, Escamillo, as a sort of dandy, with a solid baritone that lent about as much complexity to the role as the authors permit." – KC Independent
"The conductor for this performance was Joseph Colaneri who performs internationally and is well known for serving as the Music Director for the Glimmerglass Festival. Under his direction, the excellent Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra displayed great finesse in its delivery of Verdi’s music and its coordination with the singers. I greatly enjoyed the orchestra and thought that it did full justice to Verdi’s magnificent music." – Opera Gene
Reviews for Opera Queensland's "The Human Voice" and "The Call" “Conductor Zoe Zeniodi and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra prepared both operas to a standard that suited the genres with complete stylistic perfection, which is of course merit to Zeniodi’s leadership and knowledge.”
Limelight, September 21, 2022 “Greek international orchestral conductor Zoe Zeniodi’s background as a collaborative pianist enables generous connection to the singers. She maintains a sensitive ba