Mozart has too much wit and humor, and his lines are too pure and transcendent to cloy. Some people say this is the greatest opera - perhaps the greatest piece of music - ever written, and they'll get no argument from me. And under the sure baton of John Baril, Central City Opera has assembled voices that do the score justice.
Conductor John Baril delivers a well-paced and sensible interpretation of this tragi-comic masterwork.
Conductor John Baril keeps things moving at a brisk, but never hurried, pace.
Fitting then that the Opera’s burgeoning music director, John Baril, should deliver his finest effort to date conducting from the pit for Don Giovanni.
In the pit, John Baril achieved good balance and reasonable flow.
The casting is impeccable, and the orchestra, under the direction of John Baril, sounds terrific.
Conductor John Baril leads a talented Festival Orchestra that delivers a warm, deliciously melodic rendition of Puccini’s score.
Resident Conductor John Baril did his usual capable job in the pit…
In the pit, Baril was efficient in leading the orchestra through Puccini’s vivid score; tempos and balances proved mostly ideal.
The orchestra, conducted by John Baril, is professional and well-balanced, particularly the strings, whose opening fugue is crisp and vibrant, and whose pizzicato accompaniment of the famous “Humming Chorus” is carefully restrained. The accompaniment to the final suicide scene is brilliant.