Conductor John Baril led a firm, convincing performance...
Everyone was beautifully supported by the John Baril-led pit orchestra....the principal voices and orchestral sounds from this timeless tale of love and loss were glorious.
Conductor John Baril does a fine job with the orchestra, creating a seamless blend of sound at a moderately brisk pace...
Maestro John Baril leads the Festival Orchestra in a primo rendition.
(Under Baril) the Central City Opera Orchestra has never sounded more full or luscious.
Music Director John Baril had a keen sense of flow throughout, really shaping each act into a complete musical entity. The orchestra provided a sonic reflection of the atmosphere on stage, as in those coldly plucked strings and "shivering" tremolos at the beginning of Act III.
It may have been Mozartean business as usual onstage, but such was hardly the case in the pit. For the first time in nearly three decades, Opera Colorado did not employ the Colorado Symphony, due largely to a financial crisis that threatened the orchestra last year. Opera Colorado and its board opted to hire a freelance ensemble – a switch that turned out to be hardly noticeable. In his podium debut, John Baril, the company’s chorus director, led a solid, well-prepared orchestra in a spirited, polished performance.
John Baril and the Opera Colorado orchestra deliver an impressive rendition of the complex score.
John Baril displays the great clarity and charm of the score. Tempos were lively, but never pushed to uncomfortable speeds, and slower arias were given their full breadth without ever becoming heavy, slow or marmoreal. Clarity between strings and woodwinds was exemplary.
The final part that matters in this work is played by the musicians and they performed it well under John Baril. But here too, balance ruled the evening. Voices and instruments connected as the performance continued. The chemistry was solid and extended throughout the hall, even into the audience.