Concert Review Links: Private Musicke, Opera Lafayette, and American Opera Theater

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February
2011

Concert reviews of note (click on the news organization to read the full review).

  • Magdalena Kozená/Private Musicke – Wigmore Hall (Guardian): “Purists might wonder how authentic Private Musicke’s interpretations [of 17th-century Italian madrigals] are; others will realize it’s impossible to say, or won’t even care. Who knew this repertoire could be so easy to enjoy?”
  • Opera Lafayette’s “Le Magnifique” – Kennedy Center (Washington Post): “In the tangy and beautifully turned performance that [director Ryan] Brown drew from his 30-piece period-instrument orchestra, [Gretry’s] colorful score evoked a cross between Handel’s pastoral operas and the comedies Mozart wrote during his teen years.”
  • American Opera Theater’s double bill of “Gonzales Cantata,” “Dido and Aeneas” – Baltimore Theater Project (Baltimore Sun): “Emily Noel sang with considerable expressive warmth as [Purcell’s] Dido. Merrill was again a vibrant presence as Belinda. Jason Buckwalter sang sensitively as Aeneas. The Chandos Singers of the Handel Choir of Baltimore fulfilled its role handsomely; the blend, articulation and phrasing were all quite polished.”

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