John Baril conducted Mozart’s glorious music with sensitivity.
Conductor and CCO music director John Baril leads a robust orchestra in the pit and always accompanies the singers in a way that puts them in their best light.
Musically, John Baril managed the music and the singing and the often-wild stage happenings with a solid baton, the members of the Virginia Symphony responding energetically and providing Rossini's score appropriate vibrancy and vitality.
Virginia Opera’s new production of Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” which opened Friday at the Harrison Opera House, has it all: truly gorgeous singing, John Baril’s crisp conducting, Michael Shell’s inventive direction and, not least, laughs galore. The orchestra of Virginia Symphony Orchestra players, under Baril’s baton, bring out all of Rossini’s verve, vitality and speed.
Central City Opera music director John Baril provided able support in the pit and brought out the many beauties of this score.
Reflecting the modern setting, CCO Music Director John Baril took a brisk approach to the score without detracting from Puccini's long, lyrical lines.
Finally I will mention that the orchestra was great and the conductor John Baril excellent. His pacing and his ability to maintain coordination with the stage was almost uncanny.
Noticeably effective is musical conductor John Baril’s ability to sync the music with the singers. There is not a moment of discord in the entire opera.
John Baril conducted a stylistically accurate, theatrically vivid account of this thrice-familiar score. The orchestra responded with real fire and commitment. The divisi 'celli were especially vibrant and pulsing with emotion. The clarinet solo work was impeccably haunting. Whether playing soli or tutti, Maestro Baril inspired these fine players to thrilling results. He did on occasion allow soloists to indulge in some held high notes that were long enough to give Corelli pause, but that is a minor consideration. His reading had veristic sweep as well as minute detail.
Baril, the CCO music director, typically conducts each season's "standard" opera, and his artistry cannot be underestimated. His sensitive and intelligent musicianship, and that of his orchestra, are absolutely vital here. Puccini's habit of doubling vocal lines where singers routinely stretch out the rhythm is just one challenging aspect of the score which Baril has totally mastered.