Reviews - Joe Illick, conductor

LA TRAVIATA

Fort Worth Opera

“Amazing…”
Dallas Morning News, Scott Cantrell

LA BOHÈME

Fort Worth Opera

“Music director Joseph Illick gets amazingly fine playing from members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, taut and flashy when it needs to be, exquisitely delicate elsewhere.”
Dallas Morning News, Scott Cantrell

LES PECHEURS DE PERLES

Fort Worth Opera

“Conductor Joe Illick had a fine feeling for color, shape and flow of the music, and he admirably supported the singers.”
Dallas Morning News, Scott Cantrell

SILENT NIGHT

Fort Worth Opera

“Music director Joe Illick was in sure control of the multifaceted score in Sunday afternoon’s opening performance, ably coordinating singers and members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. It was an afternoon to remember.”
Dallas Morning News, Scott Cantrell

CENDRILLON

Lake George Opera Festival

“Artistic Director/Conductor Joseph Illick expertly led the LGOF Orchestra through Massenet’s score.”
Opera News, William West

THE BARTERED BRIDE

“Joseph Illick set the tone with a brilliant overture.”
Opera News, William West

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

“There were some lovely touches from Illick’s orchestra, especially the glissando fairy music.”
Opera News, William West

LA DONNA DEL LAGO

“Conductor Joseph Illick brought out the full measure of Rossini’s sparkling energy and drama.”
Opera News, William West

COSÌ FAN TUTTE

“Joseph Illick molded the music skillfully from the pit.”
Opera News

TURANDOT

“The high-energy young American conductor Joseph Illick was always there for his singers; both he and the players were attentive to the wonderful details of color and atmosphere in the scoring.”
The Boston Globe, Richard Dyer

LA TRAVIATA

Greater Miami Opera

“Joseph Illick again did his best conducting job here to date.  He gave the music room to breathe and led the singers with dramatic sensitivity.”
The Miami Herald, James Roos

AIDA

“Verdi’s masterpiece is treated with respect, beginning with conductor Joseph Illick in the pit.”
Los Angeles Times, Daniel Cariaga

THE JEWEL BOX

“The hard working pit ensemble under Joe Illick’s musical direction acquits itself with skill and dedication.”
The Chicago Tribune

OTELLO

“The star of the evening is artistic director Joseph Illick, who led the work with passionate commitment.  Illick had the score in the palm of his hand.”
The Troy Record, Doug de Lisle

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

“Once again, the Festival Orchestra plays with commitment under the baton of Artistic Director Joseph Illick.”
The Troy Record, Doug de Lisle

RIGOLETTO

Lake George Opera

“The orchestra under Joseph Illick was admirably supportive, playing with resolute vigor throughout.”
Glens Falls Post-Star, Geraldine Freedman

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

Lake George Opera

“Orchestra, cast, shine in Figaro … Joseph Illick at the harpsichord and as conductor made a brilliant orchestra into a superb accompanist.”
Glens Falls Post-Star, Geraldine Freedman