Press

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…


Rocky Mountain News July, 2003


I Pagliacci / Goyescas

And conductor John Baril extracts from the pit a sound as voluptuous as might be heard in Bayreuth.


Boulder Daily Camera July, 2003


Carmen

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.


Boulder Daily Camera July, 2002


Carmen

(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….


Denver Post July, 2002


Carmen

[Under John Baril’s direction] the festival orchestra does exemplary work with Bizet’s memorable score…


ColoradoDrama.com July, 2002


Carmen

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.


Weekly Peak – KCME-FM 88.7 July, 2002


Little Women

Little Women (under John Baril) was that rare thing among modern operas – memorable.


BBC Music Magazine November, 2001


Little Women

John Baril conducted with élan. He was willing to luxuriate in a lovely passage, giving it room to bloom…


Santa Fe New Mexican August, 2001


Little Women

…the impressions that linger longest are of the many robust performances, the precise orchestral playing (CCO’s music administrator John Baril conducts)…


Westword July, 2001


Little Women

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.


Weekly Register Call July, 2001