Reviews

Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice at LA Opera

March 10-25

“Conductor James Conlon’s orchestra played Gluck’s eighteenth century music on their modern instruments and the result was magnificent. A conductor who specialized in performing in eighteenth century style on older or recreated instruments would have had a leaner sound, but Conlon’s meaty tones fit this combination of old and new music and dance perfectly.”

Broadway World
Maria Nockin
March 11, 2018
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“Conductor James Conlon is a superb stylist and his Orpheus was all elegance.”

Opera West
David Gregson
March 12, 2018
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“...the orchestra, under the incomparable James Conlon, was at its ravishing best.”

Seen and Heard International
Jane Rosenberg
March 12, 2018
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“Throughout the performance, James Conlon’s conducting combined a sense of period elegance with bright orchestral focus…”

San Francisco Classical Voice
Jim Farber
March 13, 2018
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“James Conlon in the pit coaxed a mighty sound from the reduced orchestra who played with modern tone but baroque style and accents in a nice conceit. The “Dance of the Furies” was especially exciting with its contrapuntal horns really leaning in hard.”

Classical Voice
Truman C. Wang
March 10, 2018
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“James Conlon in the pit coaxed a mighty sound from the reduced orchestra who played with modern tone but baroque style and accents in a nice conceit. The “Dance of the Furies” was especially exciting with its contrapuntal horns really leaning in hard.”

Parterre Box
Patrick Mack
March 14, 2018
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“The LA Opera Chorus directed by Grant Gershon and the LA Opera Orchestra with conductor James Conlon provide a solid foundation to anchor the performance.”

Society 805
Tiffany Kuan
March 16, 2018
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“...under the superb baton of James Conlon in one of his best efforts — it does not prevent the enjoyment of this delightful, timeless French opera, one that pre-dates the usual LA Opera fare.”

Stage and Cinema
Tony Frankel
March 12, 2018
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“...the orchestra played all the musical numbers alertly and often sumptuously in the Romantic manner.”

Bachtrack
Laurence Vittes
March 13, 2018
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