A little teaser: Gearing up for Angels Vocal Art‘s 2018 Opera Intensive & Festival! Showing off our fabulous orchestra in the Overture from La Forza del Destino, conducted by yours truly.
Coming up next: Van Grysperre conducts Bernstein’s CANDIDE at Angels Vocal Art!
Recently conducted Menotti’s THE CONSUL at Chicago Opera Theater, starring Patricia Racette.
“Conductor Kristof Van Grysperre provided impressive direction of this challenging score . . . The Belgian conductor balanced his forces with great skill, eliciting transparent textures, keeping strong dramatic momentum for the long first half (Acts 1 and 2), and ensuring that the big climaxes made bracing musical impact.” (Chicago Classical Review, Lawrence A. Johnson)
“Belgian conductor Kristof Van Grysperre paces the music tautly and vigorously and secures committed playing from the 26-piece orchestra.” (Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein)
“Kristof Van Grysperre conducted with passion and the requisite feel for the big tune.” (The Grunion Gazettes, Jim Rugirello)
“The orchestra, conducted by Kristof Van Grysperre, supports the actors in perfect emotional synchronicity.” (Picture this Post, Jacob Davis)
“Conducted with beautiful urgency by Kristof Van Grysperre.” (Stage and Cinema, Tony Frankel)
“The gifted, stylistically impeccable Kristof Van Grysperre” (The Orange County Register, Peter Lefevre)
“Led the ensemble with pugilistic power and sensitivity” (The Orange County Register, Timothy Mangan)
“An elegant and nuanced performance from Conductor Kristof Van Grysperre (Press-Telegram, John Farrell)
“Special mention must be made of the chorus, trained by Kristof Van Grysperre . . . they sounded fabulous.” (Gazettes, Jim Ruggirello)
“Kristof Van Grysperre provided the expert pianoforte accompaniment for the recitatives” (LA Times, Chris Pasles)
“Maestro Van Grysperre è stato un mio prezioso collaboratore, grande pianista e un uomo che sa cosa vuol dire ‘il bel canto’” (“Maestro Van Grysperre proved to be a precious collaborator, great pianist and a person who knows what ‘bel canto’ means”) (Angels Vocal Art workshop, Carlo Bergonzi)
“Kristof Van Grysperre, who conducts the orchestra, does an excellent job in capturing the mood of every moment on the stage” (Pasadena City College Courier, Miguel Lopez)
“Conducted with delicacy by Van Grysperre” (Press-Telegram, John Farrell)
“…accompanist Kristof Van Grysperre is always sympathetic and responsive to both Kane’s voice and the wide variety of moods and styles represented on this CD” (Music Web International & The Land of Lost Content British Music Blog, John France)
“You are an amazing musician and a fascinating human being. You never compromise the musical integrity of anything and I sincerely admire that quality. Working with you has been inspiring, and I can’t thank you enough for that experience . . . You are a master of detail, and the world would benefit greatly with more people like yourself.” (SongFest, Mary Wuestenfeld)
“You are a true musical perfectionist and you inspire me to be more like you.” (SongFest, Stephanie Hwang)