Seldom in this reviewer’s experience has Verdi’s triumvirate of characters received such a balanced embodiment by actors who can act as well as they sing. Harnessing the magic and mystery of Verdi’s composition, esteemed conductor John Baril keeps the voices on stage and the scrumptious Central City Opera Orchestra in the pit in an alignment that’s superbly balanced.
— David Marlowe Marlowe’s Musings July, 2015
In the pit, John Baril led an outstanding orchestra, maintaining a steady beat….
— Marc Shulgold Opera November, 2015
[Music Director and] conductor John Baril provided fine support in the pit.
— Kyle MacMillan Opera News October, 2015
The orchestra played beautifully under Baril’s direction: supportive, precise, never overshadowing the singers.
— Peter Alexander Boulder Weekly July, 2015
Maestro John Baril and the festival orchestra deliver an exquisite rendition of Verdi’s fabulous melodies.
— Bob Bowes ColoradoDrama.com July, 2015
Conductor and CCO Music Director John Baril has mastered the way the orchestra and singers can mix in the cozy place.
— Ray Mark Rinaldi Denver Post July, 2015
CCO Music Director John Baril, always superb in the pit, again leads a polished, professional orchestra through a sensitive reading of the score. Baril knows what the singers need and consistently provides it.
— Kelly Dean Hansen Boulder Daily Camera July, 2015