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Cosi fan tutte

John Baril conducted Mozart’s glorious music with sensitivity.


Peter Alexander Boulder Weekly July, 2017


Cosi fan tutte

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.


Kelly Dean Hansen Boulder Daily Camera July, 2017


Il barbiere di Siviglia

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.


M. Shulson Virginia Gazette November, 2016


Il barbiere di Siviglia

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.


M D Ridge The Virginian-Pilot November, 2016


Tosca

Central City Opera music director John Baril provided able support in the pit and brought out the many beauties of this score.


Kyle MacMillan Opera News September, 2016


Tosca

Reflecting the modern setting, CCO Music Director John Baril took a brisk approach to the score without detracting from Puccini's long, lyrical lines.


Sabine Kortals The Denver Post August, 2016


Tosca

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.


S. Blake Duncan blakesoperablog August, 2016


Tosca

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.


Claudia Carbone BlastingNewsTV July, 2016


Tosca

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.


James Sohre Opera Today July, 2016


Tosca

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.


Kelly Dean Hansen Boulder Daily Camera July, 2016