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Evansville Philharmonic- 'Porgy and Bess'
… phenomenal, world-class production of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" …Directed by Vernon Hartman, … this production is glorious vocal music from beginning to end… To be honest, every performance in this production is worthy of the standing ovations this opera is sure to receive. There are no lulls in the action or the music. Time passes too quickly to the finale. ..The staging, by Vernon Hartman, is natural and uncomplicated, entirely appropriate for this emotional tour de force. .. and the fine period photographs displayed on the scrim provided just the right scenic context for the drama. This is all about extraordinary music and extraordinary singers. Don't miss it.

Patricia Aakhus, Evansville Courier & Press correspondent

Pamiro Opera – Il Trovatore
“Last Saturday night . . . Pamiro Opera did what no other American opera company has been able to do for over four decades – present a uniformly strong and galvanizing cast in Giuseppe Verdi’s Il
Trovatore. . . . Not since Callas, Bjoerling, and the aging Ebe Stignani stormed the stage of the Lyric Opera in Chicago in the mid-‘50s has there been a cast so uniformly in command of the score, able to deliver the music with such sweep and urgency through voices of such quality. . . . stage director Vernon Hartman’s thoughtfully worked-out staging (anchored) what was nothing short of a benchmark production. Stupendous. Just stupendous.”

Erik Eriksson, Door County Advocate

“…a very impressive performance…veteran stage director Vernon Hartman kept the stage action brisk and natural…”

Terence O’Grady, Green Bay Press-Gazette

Evansville Philharmonic – Madama Butterfly
“In the gorgeously gilded Victory Theatre, The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra presented its first fully staged opera to an enraptured audience…(the performance) was wonderfully sensuous…It was three hours of ecstasy, both for the eye and the ear, as an amazing cast recreated the wonderfully heartbreaking story…”

Maureen Hayden, Evansville Courier & Press


Evansville Philharmonic – Le Nozze di Figaro

“When the…three plus hour production…was over…, I wished desperately that it had just begun…Direction by Vernon Hartman achieved natural, believable acting performances from all the soloists, as well as entertaining stage business and high visual interest in tableaux.”

Patricia Aakhus, Evansville Courier & Press

Pamiro Opera, Green Bay – Cavalleria/Pagliacci
“Stage director Vernon Hartman crafted an energetic and stylistically appropriate production…The highlight of the performance was the final “commedia dell’arte” scene, wittily choreographed …”


Terence O’Grady, Green Bay Press-Gazette

Opera Tampa – Trouble in Tahiti
“Opera Tampa pulled off a smart performance…, using minimal sets and lighting to frame the talents of Nat Chandler as Sam and Michelle Wrighte as Dinah.”

Kurt Loft, Tampa Tribune

Evansville Philharmonic – La bohéme
“There won’t be a dry eye in the Victory…beautiful production…naturalistic direction by (Vernon) Hartman convey(s) the idealism of youth and the tragic consequences of poverty…Each of the sets was quite beautiful…The Evansville production is cutting-edge in every way…”

Patricia Aakhus, Evansville Courier & Press

Opera Tampa – Otello
“…the crowd roared its approval over another solid production…hats must go off for creative staging and lighting.”

Kurt Loft, Tampa Tribune