"Conductor Christopher Allen's firm, alert pacing of the orchestra (made up of Cincinnati Symphony members) is at one with the handsome production design."
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
"The cast was uniformly strong, paced by conductor Christopher Allen."
Joe Law, Opera News
"One of the bright lights was the small orchestra, members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, led by Christopher Allen. Newly appointed as Cincinnati Opera's resident conductor, the conductor propelled the score with well-judged tempos and attention to detail."
Janelle Gelfland, Cincinnati Enquirer
"The opera is opulent in its vocalism, with a wealth of sopranos that should delight fans of Richard Strauss. Gordon's procedures are much different, however, as he presents a well-connected series of stylistically diverse numbers set against accompaniment textures that are thinner and more contrapuntal than Strauss's, while still being full of color. On Tuesday, all that was richly displayed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and insightfully guided by conductor Christopher Allen."
Jay Harvey, Upstage
"Conductor Christopher Allen paces the performance flawlessly, accompanying the cast with a chamber orchestra, and has an acute ear for the difficulties inherent in singing English intelligibly. He is always aware of the singers’ needs."
Rafael de Acha, Seen and Heard International