There have been some great reviews of Thérèse & La Navarraise, a double bill of short masterworks by the great Jules Massenet that was broadcast worldwide to over a million people. Here’s what the British and Irish press had to say about my work in the pit, leading the Wexford Festival Orchestra:
"Outstanding double bill of one-acters ‘Thérèse’ and ‘La Navarraise’ from Jules Massenet, interpreted with nuanced sensitivity and well measured freedom by Carlos Izcaray at the podium."
OPERNWELT, December Magazine 2013.
“Carlos Izcaray lead things powerfully from the pit: the score glistened.” Roderic Dunnett - THE ARTS DESK, Nov. 3rd 2013.
“In the pit, Carlos Izcaray conducted with control, verve and attention to detail; the lyrical stream of melody was complemented by timbral bite and dynamic punch.” Claire Seymour - OPERA TODAY, Oct. 31st 2013.
“Conductor Carlos Izcaray draws drama and finesse from his attentive festival band and chorus.” Pat O’Kelly - IRISH INDEPENDENT, Oct. 31st 2013.
“The Orchestra, under Venezuelan conductor, Carlos Izcaray, was superb and did justice to the colour in Massenet’s well-crafted scores.” Cathy Desmond - THE IRISH EXAMINER, Oct. 31st 2013.
“They were all fortunate in the cushioning provided from the pit, where the festival’s own orchestra, sensitively conducted by Carlos Izcaray, relished the gamut of Massenet’s inspiration from soft velvet to palpitating climax.”
Rupert Christiansen - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, Oct. 31st 2013.
“The most animate contribution comes from the orchestra under Carlos Izcaray, underlining Massenet’s gift for mood and colour.”
Andrew Clark - FINANCIAL TIMES, Oct. 27th 2013.
“Spanish-Venezuelan conductor Carlos Izcaray successfully stirs up the storms that Massenet ordered.”
Michael Dervan - THE IRISH TIMES, Oct. 25th 2013.