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Recent acclaim for ADA Artists

Mayes is hailed as the “standout vocal performance” in MOT “Butterfly”

” The standout vocal performance, however, is that of Michael Mayes as Sharpless, the U.S. Consul in Nagasaki, Japan. His flawless [baritone] carries through the audience as consistently and powerfully as any of the instruments in the orchestra pit.” -Daily Tribune

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In Review: Slayden and Barron in Arizona “Rigoletto”

“Jason Slayden ‘s performance as the licentious womanizing Duke of Mantua is equally convincing. His voice is rich and flowing, and he gives a distinctive turn as a playboy-type Duke of deceit.. . . It is gifted with notable performances by . . . Joseph Barron as Count Monterone” -Broadway … read more

Birsan offers “clean, sophisticated tone and miraculously crisp diction” in KSO concert!

“While the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s artist booking policy often leans toward young artists at the beginning of careers, few of these have impressed and captivated in so many different ways as did soprano EMILY BIRSAN in her appearance in the orchestra’s Masterworks concerts this weekend. . . While one was … read more

In Review: Hoomes directs “Fancuilla” for Kentucky Opera

“Kentucky Opera’s production showed a dramatic cohesion and stability, with an attention to detail that engrossed the audience, who were gasping and laughing in a natural rhythm with the fast-paced drama. . . stage director JOHN HOOMES kept the stage and house energetic, even through Puccini’s slower moments. . . … read more

In Review: Mechavich leads Calgary “Silent night”

” The orchestra under JOSEPH MECHAVICH played remarkably well, with superb solo spots, notably for the harp.” – Calgary Herald

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