The cast blended impeccably in those dreamy ensembles. Company music director John Baril kept the pace brisk, providing a sympathetic accompaniment from his fine pit orchestra (recitatives were accompanied on piano).
The Toledo Symphony, lead by John Baril in his conducting debut with the Toledo Opera, played with mesmerizing sensitivity, creating a perfectly-balanced soundscape of aural beauty. Special mention should be made of harpist Nancy Lendrim’s solo work gracefully underpinning a number of arias.
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.