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Lucia di Lammermoor

One owes a debt of gratitude to conductor John Baril for pacing the proceedings with a sensitive baton, which creates a glorious synchronization of the luscious Central City Opera orchestra with the singers onstage.


Outfront June, 2009


Lucia di Lammermoor

Conductor John Baril makes magic with the CCO pit band, distinguished further by principal flutist Jessica War­ren-Acosta as Petrova’s part­ner in the “Mad Scene.” No matter how you read the Sir Walter Scott’s novel that is the source of Donizetti’s libret­to, “Lucia” is heavy stuff, and that encourages some to bring Wagnerian weight to the score. Not so [Baril] who — stressing the marvel­ous lightness of Petrova’s voice — emphasized the trans­parency of the score [to] make it downright luminescent.


Boulder Daily Camera June, 2009


Don Giovanni

Conductor John Baril's expansive reading brought its own rewards;[the] contrasting swift tempo adopted for "Mi tradì" proved most telling ….


Opera News October, 2008


Cendrillon

The evening’s Cendrillon was quite delightful under John Baril’s skilled baton…


Opera News September, 2007


Cendrillon

John Baril leads the festival orchestra in resonant harmony with Jules Massenet's lovely romantic melodies.


ColoradoDrama.com August, 2007


Cendrillon

John Baril, the company's music director, does his usual fine job as conductor.


Denver Post July, 2007


Cendrillon

Massenet’s score – wow, I never thought the orchestra pit in CC could do it, but this had all the color and diversity one could wish for and John Baril knew what to do with it!


Glenn Giffin Glenn Giffin July, 2007


Cendrillon

Here’s a word you don’t see often under my byline: perfection. The pacing of this first-rate production never lagged, thanks in large measure to the steady conducting of John Baril, who presided over a shimmering orchestral accompaniment.


Rocky Mountain News July, 2007


Cendrillon

The total of these many individual assignments is happily balanced by Massenet’s super-sensuous score, and on the podium CCO music director John Baril went straight for the heart of this lush and lavish music.


Boulder Daily Camera July, 2007


Magic Flute

The Chorus, superbly prepared by John Baril, provided the most musically moving moments of the evening.


Boulder Daily Camera November, 2006