Press

Madama Butterfly

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.


Boulder Daily Camera June, 2005


Les contes d’Hoffmann

The solo chairs (notably violin, cello and winds) play expertly, while concerted violin passages sometimes slipped in intonation…but standards are high under musical administrator John Baril, who also led a taut but romantic Hoffmann.


Opera News October, 2004


Les contes d’Hoffmann

John Baril led a solid pit orchestra in a neatly paced accompaniment.


Rocky Mountain News June, 2004


Les contes d’Hoffmann

Offenbach's delightful score, with a surprising number of familiar melodies, is warmly presented by the Festival Orchestra, led by John Baril.


ColoradoDrama.com June, 2004


Les contes d’Hoffmann

Offenbach manages to transcend the world of operetta in this substantial score, which is effectively brought to life by conductor John Baril and the company’s fine pit orchestra.


Denver Post June, 2004


I Pagliacci / Goyescas

John Baril conducted with assurance.


Opera News October, 2003


I Pagliacci / Goyescas

Central City's orchestra has some fine first chair players but the overall standard of musicianship was less than perfect. Nevertheless, John Baril elicited energetic playing from the group.


Opera Japonica July, 2003


Goyescas

John Baril's … orchestra caught fire in the Granados, [and] "Goyescas" became a memorable dramma per musica, a coup de theatre. Perfect was the word for Baril's direction of the Granados score on Tuesday.


sfcv.org July, 2003


Goyescas

John Baril's … orchestra caught fire in the Granados, [and] "Goyescas" became a memorable dramma per musica, a coup de theatre. Perfect was the word for Baril's direction of the Granados score on Tuesday.


San Francisco Post Newspapers July, 2003


I Pagliacci / Goyescas

John Baril’s commedia troupe sang, acted, posed and moved with conviction…Baril and his outstanding orchestra brought a wonderfully rich tone to the two operas, particularly the rarely heard Granados. The first interlude is a lovely Spanish divertimento…


Andante.com July, 2003