Recent Reviews


MSM Opera Theater’s production of
Joseph Haydn's Orlando Paladino

"Leela Subramaniam, a soprano, proved even more touching as Angelica, especially when contemplating suicide as a way to rejoin Medoro, missing and presumed dead.

Ms. Subramaniam’s lovely tone retained its luster even when taxed to the full in arduous, altitudinous vocal flights. There were two other fine sopranos, Kerstin Bauer as Eurilla and Margaret Newcomb as Alcina.

But the hit of the evening may have been Cameron Johnson, a baritone, as Pasquale. Mr. Johnson brought the house down with his gymnastics, both vocal (remarkable ascents into countertenor territory) and physical (a wicked moonwalk). Kidon Choi, another baritone, raged powerfully as Rodomonte."

By James R. Oestreich, The New York Times, May 4, 2014
Read the review


MSM Opera Theater’s production of
Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s The Mother of Us All

Noragh Devlin as Susan B. Anthony in MSM Opera Theater's The Mother of Us All, December 2013.
Photo by Carol Rosegg.

“To watch public figures ferociously entrenched in their positions, talking past one another in a language that can seem perilously close to gibberish, you can either turn on CNN or take the No. 1 train to Manhattan School of Music.  But those two courses of action are not created equal.  The television route is likely just to depress you, while the Manhattan School’s loving revival of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s The Mother of Us All, … will move, perplex and stimulate you – usually all at once.”
Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, December 13, 2013
Read the review
“The Mother of Us All, music by Virgil Thomson and words by Gertrude Stein, is the warmest, wittiest, and most lovable operatic celebration of Americana that I know of.” “While watching the production by the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater …. I constantly had to check the impulse to burst into a sing-along, and perhaps I was not alone.”
Peter G. Davis,, December 16, 2013
Read the review (subscriber only)
“The voices were excellent… There is not a thing about the production to fault.”

Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, December 14, 2013
Read the review
“The cast was led by the heroic, bright soprano of Noragh Devlin as Susan B.  She remained the taut focal point of the evening, singing in solo passages and ensembles with a voice that easily rode easily over Thomson’s orchestrations and carried the message of this opera with a simple, appealing clarity.” “The final scene, unveiling Susan B.’s memorial has a simple, heartbreaking power.”
Paul J. Pelkonen, SuperConductor, December 13, 2013
Read the review
“an aptly charming and whimsically earnest revival of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s The Mother of Us All.”
Bruce-Michael Gelbert, [Q]onstage, December 2013
Read the review


Debra Kinzler

Director of Communications

917 493 4469