In the pit, John Baril achieved good balance and reasonable flow.
— Opera News October, 2005
The casting is impeccable, and the orchestra, under the direction of John Baril, sounds terrific.
— Westword July, 2005
Conductor John Baril leads a talented Festival Orchestra that delivers a warm, deliciously melodic rendition of Puccini’s score.
— ColoradoDrama.com July, 2005
In the pit, Baril was efficient in leading the orchestra through Puccini’s vivid score; tempos and balances proved mostly ideal.
— Rocky Mountain News June, 2005
Resident Conductor John Baril did his usual capable job in the pit…
— The Denver Post June, 2005
The orchestra, conducted by John Baril, is professional and well-balanced, particularly the strings, whose opening fugue is crisp and vibrant, and whose pizzicato accompaniment of the famous “Humming Chorus” is carefully restrained. The accompaniment to the final suicide scene is brilliant.
— Boulder Daily Camera June, 2005