Le nozze di Figaro

The final part that matters in this work is played by the musicians and they performed it well under John Baril. But here too, balance ruled the evening. Voices and instruments connected as the performance continued. The chemistry was solid and extended throughout the hall, even into the audience.

Denver Post February, 2012

Le Nozze di Figaro

Conductor John Baril capably led the orchestra with well-paced transitions that did well to keep the action moving.

Carol Perry OPERAGASM February, 2012

Le Nozze di Figaro

John Baril, OC chorus master, took the baton as conductor for the first time, and led the long score with great confidence. The new OC orchestra was precise, crisp and nimble, and the thrilling trumpets at the end of "Non piu andrai" were extremely memorable.

Kelly Dean Hansen Boulder Daily Camera February, 2012

Gianni Schicchi; Seven Deadly Sins

John Baril conducted a bracing and convincing Schicchi; Baril’s musicians gave Weill’s score good value.

Opera November, 2011

Three Decembers

John Baril and the festival orchestra are equally at home with Heggie's melodies, patter, and atmospherics. July, 2010

Three Decembers

Conductor John Baril, who shows a solid feel for Heggie's musical aesthetic, provided able leadership in the pit.

Denver Post July, 2010


Conductor John Baril brings out the contrasting sounds of the Puccini score - although the orchestra did not have as many stands as Puccini would have demanded, they produce a great sound.

Delaware Arts Info May, 2010

Lucia di Lammermoor

John Baril presided very capably, admirably allowing many numbers their full repeats and endings.

Opera News October, 2009

Lucia di Lammermoor

Conductor John Baril, Central City Opera’s Music Director, seamlessly integrated the cast and orchestra. The singing and acting consistently revealed the work’s depths.

Opera Now October, 2009

Lucia di Lammermoor

…an ensemble as powerful as Donizetti's score, which is impressively delivered by John Baril and the festival orchestra. July, 2009