MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
SENIOR OPERA THEATER
Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáceks
"The entire cast… deserve kudos for their precise, unforced singing and easy, natural diction… A standout was Christian Thurston in the small but vital role of the poacher Haraschta, his rich baritone sounding more than ready for prime time.
With singers like Thurston... currently on the cusp, it’s easy to feel optimistic about the future of opera. In fact, in the not too distant future, they may be rivaling Anna Netrebko at the box office.”
OBSERVER \ James Jorden
Der Zigeunerbaron by Johann Strauss
Role: Count Homonay
“Viennese operetta… is not the easiest style for today’s professional singers, let alone conservatory students. Yet director Linda Brovsky and conductor Kynan Johns elicited generally high-quality performances from the talented MSM ensemble that never slipped into musical-comedy shtick… Christian Thurston proved well cast… as Homonay”
OPERA NEWS \ David Shengold
“To miss [this opera] would be a terrible shame… We had a grin from ear to ear for over two hours and are still smiling… It’s unusual for the guy to get the girl in Act I, but of course there are complications–buried treasure, a war with Serbia, a violation of the laws of morality, etc, What would opera be without such complications!
As the recruiting officer of the Hussars Count Homonay, baritone Christian Thurston sang with fine tone and style and was the deus ex machina that restores order.””