OPERA NEWS ONLINE July 2017 The performance's strongest asset was Lucy Arner, named music director last year. She provided a thoroughly plausible musical framework, insuring an idiomatic, fluid traversal. Arner coordinated her soloists skillfully in ensembles; she had some good singers to command… In hiring Arner, Amara has engineered a laudable upgrade to the company's musical side.
OPERA February 2018 The NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF VERISMO OPERA opened its season
with an enjoyable Tosca in the BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (October 15). What made the afternoon worthwhile—aside from an excellent pair of romantic leads and a conductor imbued with the proper style—was the dedication of all concerned to a kind of sincere authenticity increasingly rare in the operatic realm…The genuine spirit of opera came through, and this is the kind of company where developing artists can test their wings.
The music director Lucy Arner has overseen a definite improvement in orchestral quality and precision… She worked well supporting the soloists and the creditable chorus.
OPERA Magazine October 2016
Met stalwart Lucine Amara cheerfully greeted the audience of April 17's La Gioconda by introducing Verismo Opera's new music director, Lucy Arner. A former Met assistant conductor with extensive experience, Arner succeeded - despite minimal rehearsal, in giving coherent architecture and pace to this very difficult undertaking, boding well for an organization devoted to "red sauce Italian" works. The level of instrumental playing was commendably high. Arner ensured that Ponchielli's patchy but (in places) highly effective score breathed the proper style.
Houston Chronicle, April 6, 2009 Conductor Lucy Arner draws an accomplished performance from the student orchestra, and the extensive choral work is likewise strong and often thrilling. The Grapes of Wrath
Parterre Box April 21, 2016
...the orchestra was rugged but not ragged: kudos to conductor Lucy Arner! It was Gioconda, all of it, sung and played with style and vigor
Naples Daily News, April 8, 2008 (Naples, FL)
...What a superb aesthetic experience! The incredible music of Mozart, the world-class professionalism of the singers, the stunning set, the enthusiastic orchestra conducted by Maestra Lucy Arner (borrowed from the Met) - all combining in perfect proportion to produce an unparalleled evening of opera. Cosí fan tutte
Canto Lirico, Octubre 29, 2006 (Mexico City)
Notable el gran cuarteto del final del segundo acto como uno de los grandes logros de la función bajo la batuta de la directora cubana, Lucy Arner al frente de la Orquesta y Coro del Teatro de Bellas Artes.
...The great quartet at the end of Act 2 was worthy of note as one of the highlights of the evening, led by Cuban conductor Lucy Arner with the orchestra and chorus of Bellas Artes. Die Entführung aus den Serail
Opera Today, Feb. 6, 2011 In another company debut, Conductor Lucy Arner seemed at home in the French Romantic repertoire. Arner’s keen sense of tempi and firm hand made rhythmic timing with singers — one of Hoffmann’s musical moguls — look easy. The type of delicate instrumental playing elicited for Nicklausse’s short solo in Antonia’s Act reminded that the conductor has extensive experience in chamber music.
The OperaCritic.com, October, 2005 (New Zealand)
…Lucy Arner and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra were on top form caressing Puccini's pungent, bittersweet score with dramatic intensity that drew us into the work in a reading that was full of sensitivity and passion. (Suor Angelica).
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Jan. 24, 2011 ...a performance marked by fine singing and another superb outing by the orchestra, this time under conductor Lucy Arner
Canterbury Star, October 19, 2005 (New Zealand)
…the tension moves the story along, with that wonderful dark and dramatic score beautifully brought to life by conductor Lucy Arner and the Christchurch Symphony. (Pagliacci)
El Nuevo Herald, Feb. 9, 2011 (Miami)
Bajo la batuta de Lucy Arner, Offenbach tuvo una defensora sensible y experta. La directora mantuvo la música en el adecuado nivel de firme presencia sin llegar nunca a opacar a los cantantes, balance que no siempre se logra.
Under the baton of Lucy Arner, Offenbach had a sensitive and expert defender. The conductor maintained the music at the adequate level of firm presence without ever covering the singers, a balance that is not always achieved.
Miami Herald, Jan. 23, 2011 CONDUCTOR EXCELS Conductor Lucy Arner, making her FGO debut, excelled at following her singers and keeping the action moving, which was particularly important in a show that can easily stall in opera-comique shenanigans.
Cleveland Plain Dealer, February 12, 2010 (Berea, OH)
Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, presenting Our Town in its Ohio premiere, has devised a production that honors Rorem, Wilder and [librettist] McClatchy and fields a cast that radiates musical and dramatic truth...Lucy Arner led members of the B-W Symphony Orchestra in an animated and graceful account of Rorem’s score.
South Florida Classical Review, Jan. 23, 2011 A bright spot throughout the performance was the excellent work of the orchestra, with conductor Arner conveying both the tripping, energetic sections of Offenbach’s score, as well as its ominous moments, as with the accompaniment to Dr. Miracle’s evil musings on Antonia’s health.
ClevelandClassical.com, February 15, 2010
Guest music director Lucy Arner (a B-W alumna) and guest stage director Beth Greenberg have left their professional fingerprints all over a laudable production of Our Town, an opera by Ned Rorem...Ms. Arner kept the musical proceedings well under her thumb from start to finish. Cast and orchestra were finely coordinated and balances were well maintained. The supporting cast of minor characters and townspeople were expertly dispatched and sounded lovely in choral and ensemble passages.
Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas proved impressive with Arner inspiring her team in the pit and onstage [February 2].
Opera News Online Jan 30,2011 Conductor Lucy Arner, making her FGO debut, scored a well-deserved success. The orchestra sounded wonderful, and she traversed the tricky patchwork of moods and meters that make up Hoffman with apparent ease and abundant style
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