REVIEW OF COSI FAN TUTTE
by Susan Bowen of the Schiller Institute
"The Loudoun Lyric Opera’s performance of W.A. Mozart’s 1790 opera 'Cosi fan tutte, or The School for Lovers'... is a “MUST ATTEND” event.
"The excellent voices and enjoyable acting helped the audience see beyond the story of testing the women’s fidelity, and the consequences of that test."
La Serva Padrona
"... Gregory Scott Stuart as Vesponse is drawn into Serpina’s web of manipulation and turns in a wonderful, if silent, performance. Stuart uses expressive movement to portray his role and has an intuitive understanding of which comedic notes to hit. It is interesting to see how these three performers interact on stage. I won’t spoil whether or not Serpina’s plan succeeds, but the conclusion is very satisfying.
" Pianist Misha Tumanov is to be commended for his accompaniment of this fast-paced opera. Costumer Meredith Bean McMath also lends her talents to a believable palette of 18th century garb, including rich hues and varied fabrics which contrast enough to be apparent to the audience. The set, a collaboration between Assemblart and Florelle Leveque Madison, supports the cast in the small space available to them with just the right amount of richness; transporting the audience to the parlor of a wealthy gentleman." - Darby - DC Metro Theatre Arts
The Merry Widow, April 2012
"Passionate and playful music, striking costumes and more vocal talent than you can shake a fishnet-clad leg at make LLO's The Merry Widow and event not be missed. - Samantha Bartram, "LLO Presents The Merry Widow", Leesburg Today
PATRON REVIEW The Merry Widow
"We went to see the LLO production of The Merry Widow this evening. Amazing show!! one of the best I have seen outside of NYC.....highly recommended." - Trace Stokes
The Barber of Seville, November 2015
"Once again Loudoun Lyric Opera indulges our desire to experience what a properly trained human voice can do. The story of Figaro's machinations in the promotion of love, amusing in its own right, is really a vehicle for the voices that transport the audience into a world of vocal color. The rich hues and contrasts made visible in this rendering of Rossini's score will bring you to a fresh new landscape." - David Sackrider, "The Barber Comes to Franklin Park," Purcellville Gazette
November 21, 2015
NORTON: A Civil War Opera, April 2014
"The partnership of composer David E. Chávez and librettist Meredith Bean McMath yields a work of both soaring emotions and intimate poignancy..." - DCMetroTheaterArts.com
Photo by Jim Poston.
NORTON: A CIVIL WAR OPERA was commissioned by LLO in honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial and made possible in part by a Project Grant from The Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Press Review: "Gianni Schicchi Review,"
Mark J. Estren, The Washington Post, November 15, 2008
"All was cheerful and witty in Loudoun Lyric Opera's production of Puccini's Gianni Schicci. Despite some rough edges, a sense of fun propelled the production..." CONTINUE READING
A profile of LLO General Director Pamela Butler
"Putting the Lyric in Loudoun Lyric Opera," Valley Homes and Style, spring 2010