[Marc] Astafan worked with his obviously willing cast to infuse its famous characters with a real sense of zing. Together with conductor John Baril, they created a production that was zany and fun.
Conductor John Baril wielded effective control, and the orchestra performed incisively.
Conductor John Baril kept the musical side of things percolating along. Maestro Baril accommodated and partnered with his singers with skill, and he made some bold choices of tempo for a few of the most well-known moments. The orchestra acquitted themselves cleanly…it was a wholly creditable afternoon of bubbly music-making.
John Baril conducts the Central City Opera orchestra with a baton that keeps the musicians in the pit and the singers onstage in perfect sync.
Music Director John Baril is an artist of intelligence and sensitivity. His talent for balancing authenticity with practicality is impeccable. From the podium, Baril kept everything moving at a brisk pace, such that the long first act seemed to fly by.
The orchestra played tightly under the baton of conductor John Baril.
At Saturday night’s performance, conductor John Baril mastered well the difficult art of joining instruments and vocals. There was balance and an endearing partnership between the stage and the pit.
The orchestra played beautifully under the direction of Maestro John Baril, especially the intermezzo in Cavalleria Rusticana.
John Baril conducted sensitively.
Conductor John Baril led a firm, convincing performance...