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Mozart · Le nozze di Figaro
Santa Fe Opera
Distinguished conductor Kenneth Montgomery, always a welcome presence on SFO's podium, brought out every nuance in Mozart's inventive score. Orchestra and singers were perfectly balanced in his expert hands. Familiar arias and melodic lines sounded fresh, never hackneyed.
Robert Nott / The New Mexican, 30 June 2008
Kenneth Montgomery's is a welcome baton (even though he conducts with his hands) in any Mozart production, and he leads the excellent SFO orchestra in clean and ever-animated playing throughout.
D.S. Crafts / Albuquerque Journal, 1 July 2008
Though the production is powdered-wig traditional, Mr. Kent has coaxed believably spontaneous portrayals from his cast. He clearly worked well with the astute conductor Kenneth Montgomery, whose tempos allow the singers dramatic flexibility, particularly during recitatives.
Anthony Tommasini / New York Times, 4 August 2008
KM's natural, surely paced reading does its share to ensure the evening's success.
George Loomis / Financial Times, 14 August 2008