The total of these many individual assignments is happily balanced by Massenet’s super-sensuous score, and on the podium CCO music director John Baril went straight for the heart of this lush and lavish music.

Boulder Daily Camera July, 2007

Magic Flute

The Chorus, superbly prepared by John Baril, provided the most musically moving moments of the evening.

Boulder Daily Camera November, 2006

Don Giovanni

Mozart has too much wit and humor, and his lines are too pure and transcendent to cloy. Some people say this is the greatest opera - perhaps the greatest piece of music - ever written, and they'll get no argument from me. And under the sure baton of John Baril, Central City Opera has assembled voices that do the score justice.

Westword July, 2006

Don Giovanni

Conductor John Baril delivers a well-paced and sensible interpretation of this tragi-comic masterwork. July, 2006

Don Giovanni

Conductor John Baril keeps things moving at a brisk, but never hurried, pace.

Rocky Mountain News July, 2006

Don Giovanni

Fitting then that the Opera’s burgeoning music director, John Baril, should deliver his finest effort to date conducting from the pit for Don Giovanni.

Weekly Peak – KCME-FM 88.7 July, 2006

Madama Butterfly

In the pit, John Baril achieved good balance and reasonable flow.

Opera News October, 2005

Madama Butterfly

The casting is impeccable, and the orchestra, under the direction of John Baril, sounds terrific.

Westword July, 2005

Madama Butterfly

Conductor John Baril leads a talented Festival Orchestra that delivers a warm, deliciously melodic rendition of Puccini’s score. July, 2005

Madama Butterfly

Resident Conductor John Baril did his usual capable job in the pit…

The Denver Post June, 2005