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John Baril

Conductor

One of the industry’s most versatile conductors, John Baril regularly leads critically acclaimed performances of symphonic and choral music, ballet, opera, operetta and musical theater in notable theatres worldwide. Gaining critical acclaim for his solid technique and sensitivity, The Boulder Daily Camera hailed: “John Baril, always superb in the pit, again leads a polished, professional orchestra through a sensitive reading of the score.  Baril knows what the singers need and consistently provides it.” This season, he returns to his post as Music Director for Central City Opera conducting a production of Così fan tutte and Il trovatore and joins Toledo Opera for Les pêcheurs de perles.

Jul
2017

Jul-15
to
Aug-06
Così fan tutte
Central City Opera
Central City, CO
Oct
2017

Oct-13
to
Oct-15
Les pêcheurs de perles
Toledo Opera
Toledo, OH
Jul
2018

Jul-07
to
Aug-05
Il trovatore
Central City Opera
Central City, CO
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…stylistically accurate, theatrically vivid…
 Tosca“John Baril conducted a stylistically accurate, theatrically vivid account of this thrice-familiar score. The orchestra responded with real fire and commitment. The divisi celli were especially vibrant and pulsing with emotion. The clarinet solo work was impeccably haunting. Whether playing soli or tutti, Maestro Baril inspired these fine players to thrilling results.”Opera Today
…vividly realized…
Dead Man Walking  “Music Director John Baril and Central City’s fine pit orchestra vividly realized Heggie’s sweeping, richly orchestrated score, tinged at times with evocative spirituals and popular music.”Opera News 
…sensitive reading of the score…
La traviata  “CCO Music Director John Baril, always superb in the pit, again leads a polished, professional orchestra through a sensitive reading of the score.  Baril knows what the singers need and consistently provides it. ”Boulder Daily Camera 
…an artist of intelligence and sensitivity…
Il barbiere di Siviglia   “Music Director John Baril is an artist of intelligence and sensitivity.  His talent for balancing authenticity with practicality is impeccable.  From the podium, Baril kept everything moving at a brisk pace, such that the long first act seemed to fly by. ”Boulder Daily Camera 
…keen sense of flow…
La bohème “Music Director John Baril had a keen sense of flow throughout, really shaping each act into a complete musical entity.  The orchestra  provided a sonic reflection of the atmosphere on stage, as in those coldly plucked strings and “shivering” tremolos at the beginning of Act III.”Boulder Daily Camera 
One of the industry’s most versatile conductors, John Baril regularly leads critically acclaimed performances of symphonic and choral music, ballet, opera, operetta and musical theater in notable theatres worldwide. Gaining critical acclaim for his solid technique and sensitivity, The Boulder Daily Camera hailed: “John Baril, always superb in the pit, again leads a polished, professional orchestra through a sensitive reading of the score.  Baril knows what the singers need and consistently provides it.” This season, he returns to his post as Music Director for Central City Opera conducting a production of Così fan tutte and Il trovatore and joins Toledo Opera for Les pêcheurs de perles.

In 2006, Maestro Baril was appointed the first Music Director at Central City Opera, where he had progressed through various leadership roles since 1992. Under his baton, the company enjoyed numerous critically acclaimed performances spanning a wide repertoire including: the regional première of Adamo’s Little Women; a sold-out revival of Carmen, marking the first opera to be sung in French at Central City; the unusual double-bill of Pagliacci and Goyescas; Les contes d’Hoffmann, directed by Paul Curran; sold-out performances of Madama Butterfly, to standing ovations, marking the directorial début of Catherine Malfitano; Massenet’s Cendrillon for the company’s 75th anniversary; sold-out performances of Bernstein’s West Side Story for its 50th anniversary; and teamed up again with Malfitano for a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Also for Central City, he led performances of Don Giovanni; La bohème; Il barbiere di Siviglia; La traviata; Heggie’s Three Decembers and Dead Man Walking; Tosca; Later the Same Evening; and a triple bill of Gianni Schicchi, Die Sieben Todsünden and Les mamelles de Tirésias.

Outside of Central City, Maestro Baril conducted Carmen with Nevada Opera; The Turn of the Screw for University of Missouri Kansas City; Roméo et Juliette and Il barbiere di Siviglia at Virginia Opera; Don Giovanni in his début with Nashville Opera; Tosca in a début at Opera Delaware, returning later to conduct Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci; Le nozze di Figaro and Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Colorado; and returned to Opera Colorado for the world première of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter. He also served as Chorus Master for the Newport Classics recording of The Ballad of Baby Doe.

Throughout his career, Maestro Baril continues to demonstrate a commitment to crafting musicians of the future through his work in educational environments. He works closely with the apprentice and studio artists in the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program at the Central City Opera Festival, leading them in mainstage performances of Manon, Pique Dame, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, La fanciulla del West, Candide, La traviata, Little Women, and Carmen. During his tenure at Yale University, he again worked closely with developing artists in repertoire, language, style, performance traditions, and led them in performances of La Cenerentola and Tchaikovsky’s rarely-heard Iolanta as well as numerous scenes programs. He conducted Street Scene at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and Così fan tutte at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Since its inception in 2005, the Associate Conductorship at Central City Opera under Baril’s tutelage has played a major role in the early careers of several young conductors including Andrew Altenbach, Jeffrey Eckstein, Levi Hammer, Timothy Myers, Adam Turner and Christopher Zemliauskas. He has judged Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in Phoenix, San Diego, Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Antonio and Mississippi.

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