Conductor John Baril kept the musical side of things percolating along. Maestro Baril accommodated and partnered with his singers with skill, and he made some bold choices of tempo for a few of the most well-known moments. The orchestra acquitted themselves cleanly…it was a wholly creditable afternoon of bubbly music-making.
— James Sohre Opera Today July, 2013
John Baril conducts the Central City Opera orchestra with a baton that keeps the musicians in the pit and the singers onstage in perfect sync.
— David Marlowe Marlowe’s Musings July, 2013
The orchestra played tightly under the baton of conductor John Baril.
— Chloe Veltman ArtsJournalBlog July, 2013
Music Director John Baril is an artist of intelligence and sensitivity. His talent for balancing authenticity with practicality is impeccable. From the podium, Baril kept everything moving at a brisk pace, such that the long first act seemed to fly by.
— Kelly Dean Hansen Boulder Daily Camera July, 2013
At Saturday night’s performance, conductor John Baril mastered well the difficult art of joining instruments and vocals. There was balance and an endearing partnership between the stage and the pit.
— Ray Mark Rinaldi Denver Post June, 2013
Conductor John Baril wielded effective control, and the orchestra performed incisively.
— Peter Alexander Boulder Weekly July, 2013
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
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
[Marc] Astafan worked with his obviously willing cast to infuse its famous characters with a real sense of zing. Together with conductor John Baril, they created a production that was zany and fun.
— Kyle MacMillan Opera News October, 2013