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"No group in the city
presents a more
scintillating program
of songs
than those
offered in this
valuable series"
– The New Yorker

"The festival may be
the most reliably
excellent musical
organization in New York.
What orchestra, ensemble
or opera company
can make every show
so special
…"
—Newsday

 

Features and Reviews

Review of Topsy-Turvy: The NYFOS Guide to Gilbert & Sullivan

"impeccable talent"..."this cast pulled it off with effortless panache."

Manhattan Digest, April 2016

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Review of NYFOS Next: David T. Little & Friends

"Make early reservations...there’s no other event where you’re *this* close to the movers and shakers in modern music and performance."

QOnstage, February 2016

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Reviews of Schubert/Beatles

"Each of the performers invested the Beatles’s text with as much sheer passion and joy as they brought to the Schubert lieder. Perhaps these NYFOS artists really want to be rock stars. But after this concert, why choose?"

Opera News, March 2016

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"a fascinating “Schubert/ Beatles” evening...NYFOS, as often, stimulated much thought."

GayCityNews.com, December 2015

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Reviews of From Russia to Riverside Drive

"a friendly intimacy to the evening that made it difficult not to leave the concert smiling."

Opera Today, December 2015

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"One left with the feeling that Rachmaninoff was a composer who had something to offer everyone."

Opera News, February 2016

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Review of Bel Canto / Can Belto

"diverse repertoire that dove and soared, highlighting the promise of each fledgling artist as musician and communicator."
Opera News, June 2015

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New York Festival of Song's 'Letters From Spain,' Some by Russians and Germans

"rich-voiced baritone Alexey Lavrov offered a riveting interpretation"
"soprano Corinne Winters wielded her luxuriant, plum-hued voice to lovely effect"

The New York Times, April 2015

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That Versatile Instrument, the Voice

"invaluable contemporary concerts"
"a testament to the variety of ways composers today are treating the voice."

A review of NYFOS Next: Opening Night

The New York Times, February 2015

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The Newest of the New

"committed, sensitive performances that made strong cases for the works at hand."

A review of the 2015 NYFOS Next Festival
The Wall Street Journal, February 2015

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Harlem Classics, Presented with New Force

"Ms. Bullock imbued every song with myriad physical nuances that seemed natural and spontaneous...Her vocal technique is equally refined."

A review of Harlem Renaissance

The New York Times, December 2014

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Review of Art Song on the Couch: Lieder in Freud's Vienna

Opera News, February 2015

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Analytical Entertainments from NYFOS

"carefully constructed, ingenious concert programs"

A review of Art Song on the Couch: Lieder in Freud's Vienna

The Boston Musical Intelligencer, November 2014

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What to Take on the Ark?  Songs, of Course

"a series that makes a passionate case for the art song as a can’t-live-without item on any civilized traveler’s packing list."

A review of NYFOS Next: Harold Meltzer & Friends

The New York Times, April 2014

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Peering Outward Through the Notes of a Song

"uncommonly eloquent programs"

A review of Warsaw Serenade

The Boston Globe, February 2014

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The Man at the Piano

"[Blier] is one of the most extraordinary people I know."

The New York Times (Joe Nocera), May 2013

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Ancient Tradition With Surprising Twists

A review of NYFOS Next: Carla Kihlstedt & Friends

The New York Times, Nov 2012

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God Bless the Christmas Jews!

A review of A Goyishe Christmas to You!

The Daily Jewish Forward, Dec 2011

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Sing It So I Believe It!
New York Magazine, November 2010
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The Jewish Heart Of A Song Festival

"[NYFOS dips] heavily into every songbook imaginable."
The Jewish Week, October 2010
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Everyone has a primal need to be sung to
"...evenings that can feel like dream dinner parties — the kind where a group of fascinating strangers come together to have wonderfully unexpected conversations."
Opera America, Spring 2008
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The Revisionist
"Sing what you love, think of the recital space as a sacred home for your imagination and your soul, and welcome the audience into a world you create for them. You won't go wrong.
Opera News, June 2005
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Tracking Composers on the Run
The New York Times, Nov 2008
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American Beauties
A review of Fugitives
Opera Now, March/April 2009
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Portrait, in Songs, of a Lost World
A review of Fugitives
Washington Post, Nov 2008
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Glorious Kennedy Center Concert honors composers persecuted by Nazis
A review of Fugitives
D.C. Arts and Travel Examiner, Nov 2008
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Mother Russia, With the Language Barrier Removed
A review of Poets Without Heroes
The New York Times, Jan 2005
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A Rich, and Enriching, Exploration of Russian Song
A review of Poets Without Heroes
Washington Post, Jan 2005
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A Russian Winter
A review of Poets Without Heroes
NewYorkMetro.com, Feb 2005
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.......................................................................................... For a Champion of Song It's About Communiating

The New York Times (Ann Midgette), May 2003
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Eclecticism Reaches Songful Heights
"...charming audiences with programs that combine meticulous research with an infectious strain of vocal hedonism."
The New York Times (Jeremy Eichler), May 2003
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Pride and Joy
"What's not to love about the New York Festival of Song?"
Andante Magazine, April 2002
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Fanfare feature
Newsday (Justin Davidson), February 2002
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Festival Highlights Talent From Harlem's 1920s Renaissance
A review of At Harlem's Height
Newsday, Jan 2002
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The Songs of Harlem, Informally Informative
A review of At Harlem's Height
The New York Times, Oct 2001
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