“A fully convincing presentation of Purcell’s masterpiece, its quality a tribute to the high level of talent assembled and the executive capabilities of conductor Jorge Parodi”

Opera News: New York Lyric Opera presentation of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, March ’15

New York Lyric Opera’s March 21 concert performance of Dido and Aeneas provided musical pleasure well beyond expectations. The organization offers emerging artists opportunities to tackle big assignments in somewhat makeshift circumstances: you couldn’t help but anticipate that this Dido — given at the Bruno Walter Auditorium as part of a full day of one-off opera performances, and sandwiched between a potted Ring and a Mozart concert — would seem like just one more item off the assembly line. Instead, it was a fully convincing presentation of Purcell’s masterpiece, its quality a tribute to the high level of talent assembled and the executive capabilities of conductor Jorge Parodi.

“Conductor Jorge Parodi drew vivid colors from the orchestra with clarity and elegance while allowing the voices to bloom”

Opera News: Manhattan School of Music’s Senior Opera Theater delivered a joyful, life-affirming production of Janáček’s Adventures of Vixen Sharp-Ears

The opera proved an excellent choice for the young performers, with vocal demands within their capabilities and opportunities to feature the predominantly female corps. As director Dona D. Vaughn made clear in her opening remarks, the cast inhabited their animal personae with relish, but even the human characters found character-specific physicality that aided the storytelling. Conductor Jorge Parodi drew vivid colors from the orchestra with clarity and elegance while allowing the voices to bloom in the intimate dimensions of the Ades Performance Space.

“A fully convincing presentation of Purcell’s masterpiece, its quality a tribute to the high level of talent assembled and the executive capabilities of conductor Jorge Parodi”

Opera Neas: New York Lyric Opera presentation of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, March ’15

New York Lyric Opera’s March 21 concert performance of Dido and Aeneas provided musical pleasure well beyond expectations. The organization offers emerging artists opportunities to tackle big assignments in somewhat makeshift circumstances: you couldn’t help but anticipate that this Dido — given at the Bruno Walter Auditorium as part of a full day of one-off opera performances, and sandwiched between a potted Ring and a Mozart concert — would seem like just one more item off the assembly line. Instead, it was a fully convincing presentation of Purcell’s masterpiece, its quality a tribute to the high level of talent assembled and the executive capabilities of conductor Jorge Parodi.