And conductor John Baril extracts from the pit a sound as voluptuous as might be heard in Bayreuth.
John Baril’s work on the podium suggests that…especially worthy of praise is the careful preparation of this opening production of the 2002 season.
(Under) John Baril the playing was characteristically polished…this brought out the orchestra’s strongest qualities, the ability to adapt to [Jane] Gilbert’s every rhythmic fluctuation….
[Under John Baril’s direction] the festival orchestra does exemplary work with Bizet’s memorable score…
Conductor John Baril managed a fresh and sweet approach to this oh-so-popular score as his orchestra played fine, the chorus of company singers was stupendous and principals sang well enough.
Little Women (under John Baril) was that rare thing among modern operas – memorable.
John Baril conducted with élan. He was willing to luxuriate in a lovely passage, giving it room to bloom…
…the impressions that linger longest are of the many robust performances, the precise orchestral playing (CCO’s music administrator John Baril conducts)…
John Baril, as conductor and chorus master, did an excellent job with some very tricky music. The shifts in style the musical complexity of the ensemble singing, all come out quite effectively.
The score was capably performed by the pit orchestra under the direction of John Baril…no doubt he deserves his share of the credit for superior quality of the singing heard throughout this production.