May 12, 2023
Informed and enthusiastic audience reviews for Apolo y Dafne
"First, the performance was sublime. The music was beautiful….. carried lightly by the performers. The entire performance matched this sense of beautiful and gentle. Not only because of the Baroque instruments, the music softly carried its messages of emotions and the storyline. The scenic backdrop was a lovely collage of stills and videos projected with occasional images of singers onstage echoed in a creative way...This was accomplished in preproduction by the designer in Spain who...sent projections that echoed and added to the performance. The costumes were soft creations of a contemporary idea of Classical Greek style, matching the aesthetics of the opera. The early Baroque dance, simply and confidently performed, played an important part. This was such a wonderful production, that I left the hall filled with pleasure. I’m so glad I got to experience it!"
- Bill Martin
"It was my pleasure to watch your recent performance. I enjoy being exposed to it and have really gained an appreciation for all of the hard work and dedication that goes into one of these performances on what is likely a tight budget. Not only do you keep an old art form alive, you also provide a venue that allows local performers the opportunity to practice their talents. Your performance was most professional and I appreciate having the opportunity to attend each year."
- Curt Coltharp
"The tango event was fantastic and informative! I loved it! But the operetta of Apollo and Dafne was incredible! SO glad I didn’t miss either one of these wonderful programs and appreciate ONS for providing such things."
- Lisa Fox
"This was my first ONS experience. I LOVE baroque opera and fly from Maryland regularly to see American Baroque Opera Company productions.
It was charming.
FAVORITE SINGER: Amor/Jenny Ivanova
FAVORITE ARIA: Amor's aria at the end of Act I
FAVORITE COMPOSER: The one who wrote Act II
FAVORITE PARTS OF STAGING:
1) the dancers
2) covering Dafne in the thin white cloth
3) arranging singers at three depths, with the chorus (which sounded good, by the way), as shadows behind the "scrim"
BEST "MAKE A BOLD CHOICE" STAGE GESTURE: A tie -- Will Derusha and Eric Laine
BEST ACCESSORIZING: Eric Laine"
- Gary O'Connor
February 14-16, 2013
"The Classical Note: Ambitious Production Bodes Well for The Orchestra of New Spain’s Future"
“The Orchestra of New Spain and music director Grover Wilkins III won a permanent place of honor on the local music scene—and permanent admiration from this listener—with a masterful and constantly delightful production of eighteenth-century Spanish composer Sebastián Durón’s zarzuela Las Nuevas armas de amor.”