Vocalist - Baritone, Symphony Pops
January 9, 2018
Kara Shay Thomson and Stephen Powell included in Washington Classical Review's "Top Ten Performances of 2017"

Kara Shay Thomson and Stephen Powell were included in the Washington Classical Review's "Top Ten Performances of 2017", for their performances in Von Weber's Der Freischütz and Wagner's Parsifal, respectively.

Of Der Freischütz:  "Virginia Opera has been questing at the edges of the standard repertory quite a bit in recent years. They hit the target with a rare production of Carl Maria von Weber’s ghost story Der Freischütz. A strong pair of singers at the top of the cast, tenor Corey Bix and soprano Kara Shay Thomson"

Of Parsifal: "One of the best things that has happened at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in recent years was Markus Stenz coming aboard as principal guest conductor. In the best of his concerts this past year, Stenz conducted two popular pieces with surprises around every corner, and the musicians, including concertmaster Jonathan Carney in the solo part of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, responded with aplomb. Baritone Stephen Powell sang as Amfortas in extended excerpts from Wagner’s Parsifal, and even with the chorus and the title character himself excised, the conclusion of this opera was exalted in Stenz’s hands."

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