Gregory Buchalter

CONDUCTOR REVIEWS

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CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA - Martha Cardona Opera November 12, 2016

"Our admiration for Daniel Cardona's hard work knows no bounds. He has assembled a group of superb singers and a fine orchestra, led last night by Maestro Gregory Buchalter, and presented a semi-staged performance of Pietro Mascagni's powerful opera Cavalleria Rusticana that is not likely to be equalled."

"The orchestra played exceptionally well for Maestro Buchalter. The introduction set the scene with its luscious melody and the Maestro achieving impressive clarity."

- Voce di meche November 13, 2016, "Martha Cardona Opera's Cavalleria Rusticana"

MADAMA BUTTERFLY - Opera Las Vegas June 12, 2015

"It is the conductor who holds the entire performance together and Gregory Buchalter's attention to detail made this production memorable. His interpretation involved brisk pacing and increasing tension along with subtly nuanced expressivity as the gripping story drew ever nearer to its inevitable conclusion. Buchalter, the company's artistic director, is a find for Opera Las Vegas. I wish they would present more than one opera a year with this fine conductor."

- Opera Today (Maria Nockin) June 18, 2015, "Opera Las Vegas Presents Exquisite 'Madama Butterfly'"

"Gregory Buchalter conducted the superb Opera Las Vegas orchestra with confidence."

- Las Vegas Review-Journal (Richard Davis) June 13, 2015, "Traditional approach to 'Madama Butterfly' simply lovely"

L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI - Opera Fairbanks July 3, 2014

"The orchestra, conducted by Gregory Buchalter, was spot-on from the first notes of the overture to the end."

- Alaska Dispatch News (Mike Dunham) July 12, 2014, "ArtBeat: Lights go out, show goes on at Opera Fairbanks' 'L'Italiana'"

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE - Opera Las Vegas June 2014

"Opera Las Vegas Artistic Director and conductor Gregory Buchalter, who is also...with the Metropolitan Opera, made a dashing figure as he led the Opera Las Vegas orchestra in a vivacious performance of the world's most famous opera overture. He continued with a confident hand throughout the performance, ably supported by the production's outstanding musicians and singers."

- Las Vegas Review-Journal (Richard Davis) June 9, 2014, "REVIEW: Opera Las Vegas charms with 'The Barber of Seville'"

"Maestro Gregory Buchalter gave his artists enough room to create meaningful characterizations. Together with the singers, orchestra, and recitative harpsichordist Karen McCann, he gave us a wonderful rendition of Rossini's beloved comic opera. This excellent performance bodes well for Opera Las Vegas, from which that city's citizens and guests can hope to enjoy more great opera in the near future."

- Opera Today (Maria Nockin) June 11, 2014, "Opera Las Vegas Presents Stellar Barber of Seville"

OLIVO E PASQUALE - Amore Opera October-November 2012

"Ensembles build with Donizetti's characteristic burbling energy, a vibrancy captured by Gregory Buchalter's conducting...."

-New York Times (Zachary Woolfe) November 6, 2012, "MUSIC REVIEW: A Daughter Has Suitors, but the Meddlers Are Determined"

"Gregory Buchalter led the orchestra with visible enthusiasm, and kept the ensemble laudably tight and action briskly-paced...."

-Opera Obsession, October 29, 2012, "Bene! Bravi! Benedetti! Olivo e Pasquale at Amore Opera"

"...led ably and with brio by conductor Gregory Buchalter."

-Opera con Brio (Richard B. Beams) November 2012, "An American Premier Amore Opera's Captivating Olivo e Pasquale"

I DUE FIGARO - Amore Opera October 2011

"[Amore Opera's] orchestra under Gregory Buchalter played well...."

-Opera News (John Yohalem) January 2012

"The New York operatic scene was treated to a real rarity last night - a conductor functioning in a repertoire he does well.... Gregory Buchalter really is a first rate conductor for this (he's worked all over, including at the MET)...."

-OPERA-L Archives ("Beckmesserschmitt"), October 19, 2011

"Gregory Buchalter, conducting, holds the piece together solidly.... More Mercadante, maestro, please."

-Village Voice (Michael Feingold) October 26, 2011

"...very capable Maestro Gregory Buchalter...didn't disappoint and successfully forged precision and expressiveness from his orchestra throughout."

-Stage Partners (Amy Armstrong) October 19, 2011

"Whether thanks to longer rehearsals or the bel canto experience of conductor Gregory Buchalter, the orchestra seemed more coordinated and energetic in the Mercadante than the Mozart [referring to another Amore Opera conductor of Marriage of Figaro performed earlier]."

-Opera Obsession (Lucy Barnhouse) October 19, 2011

"...a delightful production, conducted with panache by Gregory Buchalter."

-Harry Forbes on Film and Footlights October 26, 2011

"Gregory Buchalter conducted with brio, keeping the pace vigorous as it should be in this opera."

-MusicalCriticism.com (Daniel Foley), November 6, 2011

DON GIOVANNI - Opera Fairbanks July 9, 2010

"Musical director Gregory Buchalter shows real sensitivity for Mozart and leads the orchestra in a disciplined and nimble performance that doesn't overwhelm the singers. It is something of a marvel considering the orchestra is massed behind the singers."

-Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Robert Hannon) July 10, 2010

FAUST - Opera Camerata of Washington: June 15, 2009

"With a generally solid pickup orchestra and a lustily enthusiastic chorus providing support, conductor Gregory Buchalter led a red-blooded, perceptively shaped account of the score."

- The Washington Post (Joe Banno) June 16, 2009

DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL - Spoleto Festival May 29, 2005

"...thanks to an energized Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the flexible conducting of Gregory Buchalter, it was an overwhelming success."

- The Charleston Post (Jeff Johnson) May 30, 2005

SALOMÉ - Savonlinna Opera Festival August 2001

"The performance had the audience under its spell...........If the Novaya Opera Orchestra wasn't at its best in Don Giovanni it certainly succeeds in Salomé. The young conductor Gregory Buchalter is able to get soft legatos as well as powerful death fanfares out of the orchestra and singers. Buchalter is very patient in keeping the volume down in the beginning and then adding power and intensity as the drama intensifies. At first the conductor for Salomé was to be Don Giovanni's Roderick Brydon but based on both premieres one can only be happy for this young conductor who got to conduct Salomé."

- Itäsavo (Riitta-Leena Lempinen) August 2, 2001

"Salomé was a strong performance which made the Los Angeles Opera visit worth while. The Novaya Opera Orchestra as conducted by Gregory Buchalter got its act together."

- Helsingin Sanomat (Hannu-IIari Lampila) August 2, 2001

OPERA CAMERATA OF WASHINGTON CONCERT - July 2, 2001

"Gregory Buchalter's debut Saturday as conductor and artistic director of The Opera Camerata of Washington was spectacular........under Buchalter's leadership the orchestra sounded alert and buoyant in familiar opera overtures and excerpts, and his unobtrusive, acutely sensitive accompaniments of arias and duets sung by soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and tenor Francisco Casanova showed real musicianship."

- The Washington Post (Ronald Broun) July 2001