(Under) John Baril the playing was characteristically polished…this brought out the orchestra’s strongest qualities, the ability to adapt to [Jane] Gilbert’s every rhythmic fluctuation…
— Denver Post July, 2002
John Baril’s work on the podium suggests that…especially worthy of praise is the careful preparation of this opening production of the 2002 season.
— Boulder Daily Camera July, 2002
Conductor John Baril managed a fresh and sweet approach to this oh-so-popular score as his orchestra played fine, the chorus of company singers was stupendous and principals sang well enough.
— Weekly Peak – KCME-FM 88.7 July, 2002
[Under John Baril’s direction] the festival orchestra does exemplary work with Bizet’s memorable score…
— ColoradoDrama.com July, 2002