Press

Le Nozze di Figaro

John Baril, OC chorus master, took the baton as conductor for the first time, and led the long score with great confidence. The new OC orchestra was precise, crisp and nimble, and the thrilling trumpets at the end of "Non piu andrai" were extremely memorable.


Kelly Dean Hansen Boulder Daily Camera February, 2012


Gianni Schicchi; Seven Deadly Sins

John Baril conducted a bracing and convincing Schicchi; Baril’s musicians gave Weill’s score good value.


Opera November, 2011


Three Decembers

John Baril and the festival orchestra are equally at home with Heggie's melodies, patter, and atmospherics.


ColoradoDrama.com July, 2010


Three Decembers

Conductor John Baril, who shows a solid feel for Heggie's musical aesthetic, provided able leadership in the pit.


Denver Post July, 2010


Tosca

Conductor John Baril brings out the contrasting sounds of the Puccini score - although the orchestra did not have as many stands as Puccini would have demanded, they produce a great sound.


Delaware Arts Info May, 2010


Lucia di Lammermoor

Conductor John Baril, Central City Opera’s Music Director, seamlessly integrated the cast and orchestra. The singing and acting consistently revealed the work’s depths.


Opera Now October, 2009


Lucia di Lammermoor

John Baril presided very capably, admirably allowing many numbers their full repeats and endings.


Opera News October, 2009


Lucia di Lammermoor

…an ensemble as powerful as Donizetti's score, which is impressively delivered by John Baril and the festival orchestra.


ColoradoDrama.com July, 2009


Lucia di Lammermoor

An orchestra can get lost amid such pyrotechnics. This one, lead by John Baril, navigates the sometimes demanding score well, not only standing up to the massive vocal talent on the stage, but supporting it with equal skill, revealing the fascinating dark underpinnings of a composition that often contradicts the text.


Colorado Springs Gazette July, 2009


Lucia di Lammermoor

Conductor John Baril, the company's music director, turns in a strong performance in the pit, capably pacing the production and backing the singers.


Denver Post June, 2009