Il Trovatore, 2005
"When you are fortunate enough to live on the magical island of
Manhattan you tend to think it isn't worth the effort to travel
over a bridge or through a tunnel to see a local opera company
perform in a neighboring state . . .
However if we don't sometimes take forays . . .
we will miss the occasional discovery that those of us who love
this art passionately find so thrilling. Tonight it
happened . . . in Jersey City."
The Marriage of Figaro, 2002
"Figaro updated cleverly . . . a more sincere and
likable version of this beloved comedy than one
might expect, and that was in large part due to the
quality of the singers . . ."
The Ballad of Baby Doe, 2001
"State Repertory Opera scores with ambitious production
[of The Ballad of Baby Doe ]"
"Baritone Frederick Frey gave one of his finest
performances as Tabor" -- Star-Ledger, April 30, 2001
"From the chorus to the second-line prinicpals . . . there was
nothing but excellence." ". . . soprano Hanli Stapela was superior
to performances I've heard on recordings . . ." -- Classical New
Jersey, May 2001
"Strong voices lift the return of Gounod's 'Faust'." In the
title role, tenor Jingma Fan's "singing was one of the high points
of the performance . . . the temptation at times was to rename the
opera "Mephistopheles" . . . bass Lawrence Long gave that kind of
performance in the role- with all the savoir-fare that a member of
the infernal aristocracy ought to have . . . as Marguerite
. . . Tamara Tsoutsouris was a most pleasing presence." --
"With all those famous tunes for Carmen to sing, she'd better be
fantastic. And State Repertory Opera's choice [Lori Brown Mirabal]
. . . lived up to that imperative. James Sadewhite's . . . reputation as
a singer's conductor was enhanced as he allowed expressive
flexibility without giving in to every self-indulgent singer's whim.
The pit never overpowered the stage. Spectacular was the choice to
engage two first-rate flamenco-style dancers to give . . . a level of
visual and rhythmic excitement which topped anything I had ever seen
before. Scenes cracked with energy . . . SRO has such a reputation for
the unusual and imaginative." -- Classical New Jersey on
"A dazzling production . . . packing all the visual and
emotional wallop anyone could hope for." -- Star-Ledger on
The Magic Flute
"State Repertory Opera presented a striking production
of Mozart's The Magic Flute . . . This was a production with a
vision from beginning to end." -- Star-Ledger on The
Magic Flute, 1996.
The Bartered Bride
"Bedrich Smetana's comic opera The Bartered
Bride is so rarely done that simply putting it on stage in any
form is worth praise for State Repertory Opera. That the prduction
was a delight was a bonus." -- Star-Ledger on The
Bartered Bride, 1995.