The solo chairs (notably violin, cello and winds) play expertly, while concerted violin passages sometimes slipped in intonation
but standards are high under musical administrator John Baril, who also led a taut but romantic Hoffmann.
— Opera News October, 2004
Offenbach’s delightful score, with a surprising number of familiar melodies, is warmly presented by the Festival Orchestra, led by John Baril.
— ColoradoDrama.com June, 2004
Offenbach manages to transcend the world of operetta in this substantial score, which is effectively brought to life by conductor John Baril and the company’s fine pit orchestra.
— Denver Post June, 2004
John Baril led a solid pit orchestra in a neatly paced accompaniment.
— Rocky Mountain News June, 2004