REVIEWS: La traviata

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

"Conductor Christopher Allen does brilliant work, especially in his subtle control of dynamics-from the first soft strains of the overture, like a gentle breath of strings, to the poignant reprise of that melody in the final moments. The rather large orchestra beautifully supports, never dominates the voices."
Steve Callahan, Broadway World Opera

"Christopher Allen guided the kaleidoscope of Verdian brilliance astutely from the pit, with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra giving the accompaniment a reliable flair. The prelude to the first act set the opera's atmosphere as indelibly as the outsized, ever-shifting camellia of the set."
Jay Harvey, Upstage

"Conductor Christopher Allen holds a strong baton for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as they master the powerful and often playful score by Verdi."
Stage Door St. Louis

"But with its new take on Verdi’s “La Traviata,” seen at its opening on Saturday night at the Loretto-Hilton Center, the company got it right. Some of that is due to the direction. Some is thanks to a well-chosen cast and conductor... Christopher Allen showed a strong grasp of the score."
Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A spirited reading of the score by conductor Christopher Allen and members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra."
Mark Bretz, Ladue News

“The music flowed smoothly under Christopher Allen’s leadership…”
George Loomise, Opera Magazine

“Conductor Christopher Allen’s reading was fluid and lyrical, and he drew wonderfully delicate playing from the Symphony forces.”
Fred Cohn, Opera News