"Joseph Mechavich conducts the wonderful live orchestra... This innovative interpretation of a traditional opera shines with contemporary sparkle.”

-Broadway World

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"Under the direction of Joseph Mechavich, the Minnesota Opera Orchestra brings out all of...


"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 th...


"Always a huge plus in these endeavors is the full Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under meticulous opera-attuned conductor Joseph Mechavich."

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"this production is new, and a creation from the ground up. While keeping the story firmly planted in the German countryside, the simple, abstract set by Michael Baumgarten is vast but sparse, giving a sense of the emotional loneliness that early on begins to bubble up...


“The orchestra, under the baton of Joseph Mechavich, was terrific. They brought out all the sobering colors of Puts award-winning score and took us to a battlefield with all its drama and tragedy. . . Other standouts in a cast full of impressive standouts . . . bariton...


"Mayes is the quintessential De Rocher. He has performed the role in eight productions, and to date, nobody does it better. Mayes inhabits the role completely, the way a hand fits a glove.Barton and Mayes make for a compelling team, leading what can credibly be called...


"The two are given handsome visual presentations. . . Kristine McIntyre’s staging, some points aside, is imaginative, again, especially in Pagliacci. (Giving the Prologue an anticipatory staging of its own was especially clever.) . . . The vocal cast is excellent throu...


". . . it brought the capable Joseph Mechavich, who had considerable success with the San Diego Opera conducting productions of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick” and “Great Scott” and John Adams’ “Nixon in China.” With the San Diego Symphony in the pit, Mechavich offered an eq...


"Behind the scrim of the backdrop hid the small but musically mighty six piece orchestra, expertly led by conductor Joseph Mechavich, whose clear conducting and expert control only added to the success." -Schmopera

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"But the most magical element of all in Daniel Catán’s magical-realism opera is the singing.Soprano Elaine Alvarez is stunning in her role debut as Florencia, a world-famous but heartbroken opera singer returning to the wilds of her native Brazil to find her lost love....

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