Winter Opera News

The reviews of The Gondoliers are in!

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch – By Fred Blumenthal

“All sang beautifully, including some parts small enough to make the plot a bit confusing. But special credit for vocals must be given to bass-baritone Tyler Putnam as the Inquisitor; contralto Angela Christine Smith as the duchess of Plaza Toro; soprano Lauren Nash Silberstein as queen-to-be Gianetta; tenor Clark Sturdevant as Luis; and bass Andrew Pardini as Giuseppe Palmieri and tenor Alexander Scheuermann as Marco Palmieri, the gondoliers.”

From Broadway World – By Steve Callahan

“The level of excellence is so uniform that it’s hard to pick favorites, but I must especially commend Tyler Putnam (Grand Inquisitor), Priscilla Salisbury (Casilda) and Angela Christine Smith (the Duchess).

Andrew Pardini and Alexander Scheurmann do splendid work as the two brother gondoliers, as do Holly Janz and Lauren Nash Silberstein as their brides. Gary Moss (a St. Louis favorite) makes the Duke a comic gem, and Clark Sturdevant is excellent (as always) as Luiz (the true Crown Prince). Every supporting role is filled with solid talent: Alexandra Billhartz, Janelle Pierce, Emily Moore are peasant girls, Thomas Taylor, Joel Rogier and Jason Mallory are gondoliers, and Stephanie Mossinghoff is the old nurse who knows the critical secret. (Miss Billhartz, by the way, has the very face of a G&S maiden: lofted delicate brows that express a perpetual delighted surprise.)”

From HEC – By Gerry Kowarsky

“The Grand Inquisitor was an imposing presence both vocally and physically in Tyler Putnam’s performance. Toro Gary Moss and Angela Christine Smith captured the comic potential of the Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro.

Priscilla Salisbury and Clark Sturdevant were a sympathetic couple as Casilda (the Duke’s daughter) and Luiz (the Duke’s private drummer), whose difference in social standing was not a barrier to love.”

From the Ladue News – By Mark Bretz

“Conductor Dario Salvi led the orchestra in a spirited reading of Sullivan’s jaunty score, while stage director John Stephens kept the large cast moving at a lively pace to maintain the show’s appealing comic mood as his singers made the most of Gilbert’s entertaining libretto.”