In Review: Burns impresses as Bottom in Virginia Opera's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

02.19.2018

 

“Bass-baritone Matthew Burns roared with arrogant bluster as Bottom, the vain know-it-all who leads the “Rude Mechanicals” troupe by bad example. In his movements and overall stage presence, too, he led the cast in the comedy.” -Washington Classical Review

 

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"Bottom, the weaver, played by Matthew Burns, has a rich bass-baritone, but his physical comedy and earnest delusions of grandeur are more prominently featured."

-Richmond Times Dispatch
 

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"the cast was excellent overall. I will single out a few more that made impressions. Matthew Burns had an agreeable bass-baritone voice playing Bottom and gave an excellent comedic performance as an overbearing thespian who spends some time as a jack-ass changeling." -OperaGene.com


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“Based on curtain call reception and the order in which the calls were taken, the star, such as it would seem, was bass-baritone Matthew Burns as the rustic weaver, Bottom, the fellow who ends up in the donkey’s head and cozying up with Tytania. Matching his fine voice was his comic timing that was grin-producing, even adorable, an adjective I don’t recall ever having used to describe anything.” - The Virginia Gazette

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