Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s production of The Ballad of Baby Doe, directed by Michael Ehrman and conducted by John Baril…is one of [Pittsburgh’s] ten best classical music performances of 1998.
If all operatic performances of merit begin with the conductor—even “Trovatore,” the ultimate singers’ opera—then John Baril was the right choice to lead this excellent production. …Baril provided the eloquence and shrewd pacing from which the entire production took its vivid, dark persona.
…rich orchestral playing led by John Baril made for a memorable production.
…the orchestra performs valiantly under the baton of John Baril.
Conductor John Baril’s secure, energetic baton work had precision and rhythmic drive.