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Recent acclaim for ADA Artists

In review: Sloan provides “comic relief” in Arizona “Magic Flute”

“One exception is baritone CHAD SLOAN, who provides welcome comic relief as Tamino’s less-than-courageous sidekick, the bird catcher Papageno.” -AZ Central

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In Review: Jesse Blumberg sings St. John Passion with Boston Baroque

“Baritone JESSE BLUMBERG brought a robust presence to the role of Pontius Pilate, and he gave precision performances of his arias as well. His voice added weight to the dark chromatic melodies of “Betrachte, meine Seel,” and he delivered an earth shaking rendition of “Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen.”
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Wall Street Journal hails Mayes’ “Dead Man Walking”

“MICHAEL MAYES, by far the best singer and most convincing actor in the cast, played Joe De Rocher, the name given to the convicted rapist-murderer waiting to die in a Louisiana prison. He lifted scenes with Sister Helen (Jennifer Rivera)—Joe’s confidante, and the work’s nominal star—and with Joe’s mother (Catherine … read more

In Review: Irvin and Belcher draw cheers in KC “Silent Night”

“DANIEL BELCHER (Father Palmer) was his usual remarkable self. Belcher’s voice and stance transfixed the audience during the simple Prayer of St. Francis petition, which emerged in perfect balance over a dissonant orchestral web.
CRAIG IRVIN as Lieutenant Horstmayer was brilliant in the confrontational exchanges he had with Sprink, handling … read more

Michael Mayes “phenomenal” in Opera Parallèle “Dead Man Walking”

“What this production had that the premiere lacked was a baritone who could give a full measure of dramatic and musical heft to the role of de Rocher. MICHAEL MAYES is not a singer known around the Bay Area, but his performance was nothing short of phenomenal — a feral … read more