Press Highlights: Opera
“At Jordan Hall, Odyssey artistic director Gil Rose pulled out every stop in a performance that ran just over four hours, his reading accorded full justice to the thunder and lightning of Russian history.”
-Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Globe on Antonin Dvorák’s Dimitrij, September 2016
“This performance of Dimitrij represents the fourth time in as many years that Gil Rose and Odyssey Opera have provided an exceptionally special and rare musical experience to Boston opera lovers.”
-Steven Ledbetter, The Boston Musical Intelligencer on Antonin Dvorák’s Dimitrij, September 2016
"Conductor Gil Rose was something of a Cid himself on the podium Friday, marshaling his large forces in the seemingly-endless series of crashing climaxes typical of this genre."
-David Wright, Boston Classical Review on Jules Massenet’s Le Cid, September 2015
"Conductor Gil Rose paced the opera’s many climaxes well and kept things flowing both smoothly and, considering the amount of music to get through, rather briskly… In the (performance) category, Odyssey remains the gold standard for professional opera in Boston."
-Jonathan Blumhofer, The Arts Fuse on Jules Massenet’s Le Cid, September 2015
“Given Rose’s taught, exciting conducting, it’s time to put aside fears of this opera’s “impossible” length … The audience gave the performers and triumphant conductor Gil Rose a tumultuous ovation”
-William Fregosi, Parterre Box on Richard Wagner’s Rienzi, September 2013
“Gil Rose kept everything moving with a fire-breathing momentum that shaped the whole performance.”
-Lloyd Schwartz, New York Arts on Richard Wagner’s Rienzi, September 2013
“But the real star Sunday might have been the Odyssey Opera orchestra. Complemented by offstage bands and women’s chorus, conductor Gil Rose seemed determined to pull all the stops for this performance. It is to his credit that he not only sustains but rides Wagner’s relentless orchestra climaxes without losing orchestral clarity.”
-Angelo Mao, Boston Classical Review on Richard Wagner’s Rienzi, September 2013
“Conductor Gil Rose was very much in his element, doing what he does best: keeping up the momentum, offering flawless guidance to the singers and instrumentalists and bringing clarity to almost unbearable musical intricacy.
-Tom Schnauber, The Boston Musical Intelligencer on Paul Hindemith’s Cardillac, February, 2011
“If Gil Rose and Opera Boston get any hotter, we’re going to have to declare Boston a tropical paradise.”
-Keith Powers, The Boston Herald on Bedrich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, May 2009
“Clearly Gil Rose's experience with contemporary music has developed his ability to read the classics with a fresh ear. There is no doubt that he is one of the most brilliant conductors of the upcoming generation.”
-Michael Miller, The Berkshire Review for the Arts on Karl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischutz, October 2008
“Gil Rose is one of Boston’s most skillful and versatile conductors.”
-Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix on Giuseppe Verdi’s Ernani, May, 2008
"Gil Rose emerged as a Mozart conductor of energy and refinement."
-Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix on Wolfgang Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, October 2006
"Gil Rose conducted with admirable command."
-Bernard Holland, The New York Times on Peter Eotvos’ Angels in America, June 2006
"And the applause that greeted the gifted and committed conductor Gil Rose when he appeared to begin the second act showed that the audience recognizes him for the local hero he is"
-Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe on Peter Eotvos’ Angels in America, June 2006
"...the amazingly versatile conductor Gil Rose showed himself the master of yet another operatic style."
-Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe on Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, April 2006
"In La Vie Parisienne there are more melodies than you can shake a stick at, so conductor Gil Rose shook a stick at them, giving each of them a voluptuous curve, a pinch on the bottom, an ooh la la, and, when it counted, a half hidden tear."
-Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe on Jacques Offenbach’s La Vie ParessienneOctober 2004
"Opera Boston's music director, Gil Rose, proved himself a superb Verdian, thinking out both the subtle details of small phrases and the sweep of entire scenes."
-Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix on Giuseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller, May 2004
"Gil Rose turns out to conduct Verdi as stylishly as he conducts everything else; he was first-rate, and the orchestra played well for him."
-Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe on Giuseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller, May 2004