"Tenor Clay Hilley . . . communicated Dimitrij's sincerity and sang the beleaguered leader's difficult, high-lying music with musical skill, emotional investment and attractive tone quality. Hilley's Wagnerian potential extends to clear suitability for several Slavic roles. As the upstanding Shuisky, baritone Levi Hernandez unleashed genuine bel canto phrasing and vocal beauty over a wide dynamic palette. . . Joseph Barron showed admirable focus as Basmanov (a veteran of Ivan's secret service). —David Shengold, Opera News
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