“On Friday and Sunday, audiences in Baltimore will get a chance to check out Wagner’s “Die Fliegende Holländer” in concert performance. Todd Thomas takes on the title role with Alexandra LoBianco as Senta and Justin Hopkins as Daland. Erik will be interpreted by Dane Suarez with James Harp conducting and performing the piano throughout the performance. It isn’t how we usually hear Wagner, but a more intimate musical setting is bound to create a unique experience.Read More

“All eight singers have their moments to shine throughout. The octet is so good that I feel obligated to name each of them individually: Brian Arreola (tenor), Peter Burroughs (tenor), Anamer Castrello (mezzo), Natalie Conte (soprano), Teresa Ferrara (soprano), Bryan Jackson (bass), Elizabeth Mondragon (mezzo), and John T.K. Scherch (bass). Harmonies remain tight for the entirety and while the boisterous Requiem’s score can feel overwhelming in the intimate Source Theater, it is the kind of overwhelming feeling that wraps you in the intricacies of Verdi’s work. It’s a surprisingly welcome sensation.”

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OPERA NEWS had high praise for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s production of Richard Strauss’s Die schweigsame Frau (performed in English as The Silent Woman), and especially for John’s performance as Vanuzzi, the head of the onstage opera company. The article requires a subscription to read, but the important part is copied below!

“[The lower voices] enacted the three supporting opera singers with glee, Scherch’s resonant bass tones outstanding among his peers.”