Reviews

"Scottish Sensation at Glimmerglass" by James Sohre, Opera Today

August 7, 2015
"Joseph Colaneri conducted with forward motion and authentic style. The Maestro never over-indulged the bathos and horror. His very brisk opening statements, and pulsing undercurrent to the floated, ethereal strings established his approach to the score. The orchestra exhibited excellent ensemble work, but there were also beautiful solo passages that mirrored the drama on stage...I have heard some wonderful orchestras here over the years, but this was arguably the finest idiomatic playing I have yet heard from Glimmerglass pit."

 

 

Otesaga
Opera

"Glimmerglass: Butterfly Leads the Pack" by James Sohre, Opera Today

September 2, 2014
"Under Joseph Colaneri's masterful baton, the orchestra played with such style and elasticity, such sensitive to the singers' every phrase, that they seemed definitve partners in the drama."

Review of The Music Man by Mike Silverman, The Huffington Post

July 16, 2012
"Under John DeMain's baton, the orchestra played with flair and evident affection for the irresistible score."

Hay
Opera 2

“Trancendent" by B.A. Nilsson, Metroland

August 8, 2012
"Conductor John DeMain and the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra are also among the stars of the show [Lost in the Stars], an excellent ensemble giving life to an excellent score."

Review of The Music Man By David Abrams, CNY Cafe Momus

July 14, 2012
"A full strength Glimmerglass Festival pit orchestra — a rarity in revivals of Broadway shows — was up to task in Willson’s strongly rhythmic musical score."
Field 2
Cows

"Glimmerglass Recycles Its Sets, Not Its Ideas" by Steve Smith, New York Times

August 9, 2010
[Tolomeo] "Christian Curnyn, the conductor, led a buoyant, stylish performance that showed the orchestra's estimable feel for Handel's idiom." [Tender Land] "Stewart Robertson, the conductor, drew outstanding playing from the orchestra." [Tosca] "And the orchestra, conducted by Mr. Angus, did outstanding work."

"Quote Him, Promote Him, Start Singing Him Now" by Steve Smith, New York Times

August 10, 2008
"David Stern drew a lithe, idiomatic account from his players. The same could be said for David Charles Abell's buoyant work in Kate and David Angus's sensitive leadership in Capuleti. That the orchestra could sound this good in such vastly different pieces, played in close succession, is definitely a feather in its cap".

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