[Fairy Queen] is all terrific fun once you are swept into the spirit, and that doesn’t take long . . . Especially fine among the singers on Friday were Noelle McMurtry and Tamra Paselk; sopranos . . .  ”

James R. Oestreich, ​The New York Times 

 

“​Each of the very gifted singers . . .  including Noelle McMurtry . . .  has at least one aria to deliver . . . These are beautiful, lilting pieces of music, with large amounts of ​fioritura​. The singers’ task of keeping their tone pure and tremolo at bay, in order to contrast “simple” singing with these virtuosic embellishments, is a demanding one (among the women, McMurtry is especially skilled at this). . ."

Deborah Jowitt, Dance Beat- Arts Journal

 

[Assitant Director to Timothy Nelson in Handel's The Tale of Serse with The In Series]

"Timothy Nelson has ended his first season as Artistic Director of In Series with a stunning and musically gorgeous production of The Tale of Serse.... Merging Handel’s baroque musical sensibilities with an homage to 13th century Persian poet Jalal al-Din Muhammed (better known in the west as  Rumi) might seem a tall order, but Nelson has forged a shimmering meditation on love, both of the human and the spiritually-divine variety... The ensemble has shown us how two worlds can be brought together.  What could be more desired – or needed?"

Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene

 

“ Soprano Noelle McMurtry and bass Andy Berry were the most notable soloists, and the whole tribe created a vibrant, exuberant chorus.” 

Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal 

 

“It must have been a challenge to find performers who could sing and dance as well. All the voices were fine but we were most impressed with sopranos Noelle McMurtry. . . They captured the Baroque style with pure tones that floated beautifully in the upper register.”

                 Meche Kroop, Voce di meche

 

[Director Christopher Caines] had moulded the 11 singers into an amazingly compelling ensemble, moving and interacting splendidly as a Hair-like ‘tribe’ inhabiting Central Park . . . Three sopranos—Noelle McMurtry, Tamra Paselk, Elizabeth Westerman—all sang with Baroque style and expressive panache.” 

        David Shengold, ​Opera News

 

“To this end [Ottone] has enlisted the assistance of the kooky and pliant Drusilla, performed by the adorable Noelle McMurtry who lends him her clothes as a disguise.”

       Meche Kroop, Voce di meche

 

“​One memorable [aria] is Rosana’s in Act II [of ​La principessa fedele​], when she alludes to her pain of love for Ersindo:  “Sento nel petto il core / brillar nè so perchè.”  Noelle McMurtry articulated the flashing fioritura in a way that recalled the night before’s concert when Amherst Early Music faculty member and great soprano Julianne Baird sped through with ease the passagework of “Venti, turbini” from Rinaldo.” 

       John Deredita, Opera-L

 

 

 

 

“​One memorable [aria] is Rosana’s in Act II [of ​La principessa fedele​], when she alludes to her pain of love for Ersindo:  “Sento nel petto il core / brillar nè so perchè.”  Noelle McMurtry articulated the flashing fioritura in a way that recalled the night before’s concert when Amherst Early Music faculty member and great soprano Julianne Baird sped through with ease the passagework of “Venti, turbini” from Rinaldo.” 

       John Deredita, Opera-L

 

“Baroque opera is a mixed art form, each genre requiring different or multiple talents . . . The real success of this performance was the ability of most members of the troupes to break down the barriers between art forms... There was some exceptional singing here, voices that should be heard and appreciated by a wider audience. There was an energy that is rarely present in other performances . . . ”

Stan Metzger, ​Seen and Heard - International.com 

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