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OPERATIC REVIEWS


This production of L'Elixir d'amore) was sensitively and expertly conducted by Jeffrey Rink. It sounded great.

Jim Lowe, The Rutland (VT) Herald

Guest conductor Jeffrey Rink took a traditional approach (in this production of The Magic Flute), but it was sensitive, nuanced and spirited. The orchestra responded enthusiastically.

Jim Lowe, The Rutland (VT) Herald

With regard to the Orchestra of the State Philharmonic of Arad (Romania) , conducted by Jeffrey Rink, they proved up to the task, compact and precise , accompanying very well the singers in this production of Le Nozze di Figaro.

La musica classica in Italia e nel mondo,(Napoli)

“La Boheme [conducted by Jeffrey Rink] now running at the Maryland Opera Studio in alternation with Handel's Giulio Cesare is about as good as any "Boheme" you are likely to see this side of the Metropolitan Opera or Covent Garden…. The "Boheme" presented Saturday night at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Center had maximum impact from the chilled but boisterous opening to the despairing final curtain.”

Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post

“The real hero of the occasion was conductor Jeffrey Rink, who on the evidence of this ”Faust” and his “Carmen” three years ago, must be Boston’s most under-estimated operatic conductor.... [His] performance was notable for intelligence, panache, style and sensitivity, and Rink’s technique is solid enough to everyone over the rough patches.” “Rink swung into the waltz with exhilarating vivacity; the Garden Scene breathed a heavy erotic perfume, and the Prison Scene turned on directly powerful emotions...” “Faust is not generally thought of as a conductor’s opera, although Sir Thomas Beecham and Pierre Monteux believed otherwise. So, in his own way, did Jeffrey Rink.”

Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

Rink is an unobtrusive conductor, but superbly attuned to singers' breathing and phrasing, and the polish and vividness of the pick-up orchestra was witness to his effective artistry. With noble pace, the prodigious sonic bloom engulfed the room. As it should: No matter the vessel, "Turandot" overflows. 

Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe

The contributions of the chorus and orchestra cannot be overstated. Jeffrey Rink was in firm control of his legion of performers, down to cueing the delightful children’s chorus that was nestled in the balcony. He conducted with total authority. His tempi were, for the most part, fleet; though he provided a spacious framework for Liu’s lyric arias. The opera’s rousing finale drove the appreciative audience to its feet, and left us hoping to see Rink someday return to Chorus Pro Musica in the role of guest conductor.

Ed Tapper, Edge

Opera in concert can sometimes be a stilted affair, with works of great theatrical dynamism reduced to two dimensions by a stolid lineup of singers planted shoulder-to-shoulder in front of an orchestra. Not so with Chorus pro Musica, which ended its season on Sunday in Jordan Hall with a classic double serving of operatic naturalism: "Cavalleria Rusticana" by Mascagni and "I Pagliacci" by Leoncavallo. Far from the concert-opera norm, these were engagingly hot-blooded performances, music director Jeffrey Rink and his collected forces succeeded in bringing the elemental passion and fevered expressivity of this music clearly to the fore.

Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe

Rink’s conducting swept one along on torrents of climaxes. He shaped Mascagni’s soaring tunes eloquently and seemed to delight in the elegance of Leoncavallo’s orchestra

Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix

The orchestra, full of veterans of Boston’s opera wars, played a fiery performance for Rink [of Verdi’s Attila], who commands all of the skills of operatic conducting.

Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

Rink created a fast-moving and shapely performance [of Samson et Dalila]. The familiar Bacchanale, was spine-tingling.

Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix

“Rink’s decisions about tempo [in Verdi’s Macbeth] were impeccable - invigorating without being rushed, brooding without dragging, and always dramatic..”

Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix

“From the hushed gleam of the opening prelude [in Verdi’s La Traviata] to the stabbing chords that proclaim the heroine's death nearly three hours later, Rink drew an exemplary performance from the orchestra. And his supple, responsive guiding of the voices reminded that he's an opera conductor of uncommon wisdom and skill.”

The Boston Herald

“Jeffrey Rink led a world-class Otello... “

The Boston Globe

“The most exciting opera performance of the year was Jeffrey Rink’s production of Verdi’s Otello..”

The Boston Phoenix

“Rink’s conducting was more impressionistic than dramatic. That’s a legitimate view of Verdi’s [Otello] score, and his orchestra helped him make a strong case for it. “

The Boston Herald

A spectacular performance by soprano Joanna Porackova, sonorous ones by baritone Roy Stevens and bass Mikhail Svetlov plus the powerful leadership of conductor Jeffrey Rink all came together to make Verdi's opera ``Nabucco' crackle with excitement yesterday afternoon at Jordan Hall....Under Rink's direction, the orchestra in this co-production by Chorus pro Musica and Concert Opera Boston played with exceptional vigor and exquisite color.

The Boston Herald

There was some robust and rowdy singing in the Chorus Pro Musica's concert performance of Verdi's 'Nabucco' Sunday afternoon, but the stars of the show were the chorus, the orchestra, conductor Jeffrey Rink, and Giuseppe Verdi, whose youthful genius burst into flame with this piece......Rink once again proved himself an expert and stylish Verdi conductor - propulsive, yet also supportive of his cast and at home in the world of give-and-take.

The Boston Globe

What made Nabucco most impressive, though, was the precise articulation and consistent tension and sweep of Jeffrey Rink's conducting, and the vivid response from his superlative orchestra.

The Boston Phoenix

The musicians played with heart and spirit, and they were in safe hands with Rink, whose work was authoritative and flexible; he commands this kind of Italian opera (Madama Butterfly)

Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

 

SYMPHONIC REVIEWS


“In the program notes we read that Jeffrey Rink is an excellent conductor in performances of large works such as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony, Honegger’s Third Symphony, Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique. As you can see this is quite a serious and heavy repertoire. Friday’s interpretation of the Symphonie Fantastique proved that he is quite good indeed!” “Rink conducted without the score, I was impressed by the third movement especially. The movement is fragmented and rhythmically unclear, and full of improvisational elements. So it is difficult to achieve a cohesive interpretation. The musicians responded very well to the smallest of Rink’s intentions.”

Gazeta Morska

“On this occasion Jeffrey Rink debuted as Guest Conductor with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Mexico (OFUNAM)... Rink is young and greatly respected in his profession, always careful to details which he communicated well (and there are many) in Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy...he is among the best of his generation ...”

Martin Casillas de Alba, El Economista

“The performance was forthright and vivid... Rink conducted with hell-bent determination and passion...”

Anthony Tommassini

"Rink's wasn't a self-consciously monumental and rhetorical Ninth; it wasn't perceived through a filter of Mahler and Bruckner. This meant that a great many of the traditional ritards, holds and flourishes simply didn't happen- the music kept on track, and you heard the curve and lift of melodic events taking place within a clean, lucid, honest frame of order, There was a lot to listen to - rhythmic shapes had a wonderful profile , and the quickstep tempo of the second movement Trio was completely convincing."

Richard Buell, The Boston Globe

Director Jeffrey Rink illuminated with his masterful hand an execution of the Fourth Symphony of Gustav Mahler in the first concert of the season 2012 of the Symphony Orchestra of the UANL. The musicians responded on Thursday night in the University Theatre with absolute motivation to a score full of delicacies, grandiose impulse, melodies and vehemence. From the beginning the North American guest, who has shown his skills on previous occasions, projected a confident version of the Overture "Candide" of Leonard Bernstein. It is right to mention some details of the rousing version of Mahler in the hands of Rink. The first movement "contemplative, without rushing" was outlined by the musicians with a spirit that was full of affection and communicativeness. In the third movement, "Tranquil" the Orchestra had opportunities to breathe, beyond the expressivity required which resulted in a miraculously balanced coordination.

Alejandro Fernández, El Norte

“Throughout the entire concert Jeffrey Rink affirmed that he is a conductor who understands and faithfully observes the intentions of the composer, musically elegant, precise and efficient without excessive movement.”

La Liberté

“The conductor showed full capability in the Third Symphony in a minor, Op. 44 by Sergei Rachmaninov, which is a monumental and very rarely played masterpiece. We have to admire how much and how precisely the conductor prepared the orchestra in so few rehearsals. Jeffrey Rink, even though he is an American, interpreted very well the Russian character of the piece. The orchestra, which showed full communication with the conductor, was able to realize the conductor’s rich artistic vision.”

Glos Wybrzeza