Bass Jeffrey Beruan reigns as the stand-out actor of this cast. He positively commanded the stage as Zuniga, with a voice that boomed in both dialogue and melody. It’s fantastic to see Beruan carving out what will no doubt be a signature role."

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"Both visually and musically, Madison Opera’s production of Jacques Offenbach’sTales of Hoffmannis an absolute triumph — perhaps the finest achievement yet under Kathryn Smith’s reign as general director. It is a long and a difficult opera to cope with. Offenbach died...


“The role of Dr. Bartolo is prone to being overplayed but bass-baritone Tyler Simpson knows where to draw the line, using his fine voice and confident body language to hilarious advantage.”-The News & Observer

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As Alice, Karen Slack sang with poise and radiant sound. Slack’s amply blooming high notes were especially brilliant. She and Heather Phillips, who sang Nanetta, stole the show as far as the women were concerned. . . These two women produced some of the sweetest notes...


“MARIE LENORMAND est une Cassiope à la voix solide et au timbre charnu, à la fois reine charismatique et mère éplorée.” /”MARIE LENORMAND is a Cassiope with a solid voice and plump timbre, charismatic queen and tearful mother at the same time.”-Le Babillard

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“In a preshow discussion, opera associate conductor Sarah Jobin spoke of Eve-Marie Munger as having the ability to “invest every word with the most luxuriant tone.” Her assessment was spot on.

Munger’s portrayal of Juliet ran the gamut from giddy teenager to steely defi...


“As Pablo Picasso, baritone Michael Mayes, clad in lemon and pale yellow, a gold cap sitting rakishly atop his head, is jaunty and irreverent—till he spots Stein. “I grew to hate you. Didn’t you know?” he asks her, adding: “You wanted to own me.” His voice strong and b...


“In what will be one of the opera’s defining moments, the girl (AVA PINE), her face shining with angelic sweetness, sings, in a kind of quiet ecstasy, the word “rose” in what may be the softest, stratospherically highest, most skillfully supported and exquisitely susta...


“In the pit, conductor Christopher Larkin drew consistently stylish playing from the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra.”

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"Directed with flair and a raucous sense of joy by Stephanie Havey.......what Barbiere needs is the integrity of a team of artists who approach the score not as a comic opera requiring special tinkering but simply as a musical work of art that deserves unbiased, unblem...

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