Reviews

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Mr. Menzies was a “simpatico sidekick” as Don Basilio. (Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press)

“Tenor David Menzies has no such trouble when facing the scintillating coloratura gymnastics as Rosina’s love Count Almaviva (alias Lindoro). He possesses a fine, lyric tenor voice ideal for the role and used it very well. He is also a very stylish comic actor (in disguise as the drunken soldier and the bleating idiot Don Alfonso). I have never heard more genuine laughter at a Barber performance than I heard on Thursday night. (Hugh Russell, Hamilton reviewer)

“In the quadruple role of Almaviva aka Lindoro; soldier; & priest; David Menzies’ tenor had a definite sweetness that made his character interpretations endearing. Such a role portrayal makes audiences crave for him to win his Rosina.” (Danny Gaisin, Ontario Arts Review)

“Tenor David Menzies was a bright voiced Lindoro/Almaviva. His coloratura singing was clean and tasteful, his acting convincing.” (David Fawcett, Hamilton reviewer)

“Tenor David Menzies is a powerhouse performer. His voice stood out even in the trios and especially the duets. The familiar…duet from The Pearl fishers…earned rousing audience response” (Danny Gaisin, Ontario Arts Review ~ Brott Opera Popera concert)

“David Menzies sang the tenor role with great, almost lieder like, clarity” (operaramblings ~ Parry Judith)

David Menzies campe un Actéon solide vocalement et s’avère émouvant dans la scène de sa métamorphose. (La revue L’Opéra, revue Québecois d’art lyrique ~ Charpentier Actéon)

“Ino se retire… alors que Jupiter, chanté à la perfection, déclare sa flamme pour Semele.” (Le Polyscope ~ Handel Semele)

“David Menzies…has a natural voiceenergetic and confident in pitch with an exceptionally clear control of diction. One can tell that he is quite at ease in this œuvre.” (Andrew Crust ~ Campra L’Europe Galante)

“…Menzies added something to the thrilling trio of the second act, “The flocks shall leave the mountains.” (Montreal Gazette ~ Handel Acis and Galatea)

“The lead vocalists were highly skilled and sounded great with exceptional tone.” (Louisville.com ~ Rameau Les Indes Galantes – Les Sauvages)

“Contralto Sonia Sasseville and tenor David Menzies were outstanding in their brief solo contributions”. (The Ottawa Citizen ~ Rachmaninoff Vespers)

“…Ce que nous avons entendu est… vocalement bricolée par six valeureux ténors“.  (Le Devoir ~ Pérotin Viderunt omnes, Montreal Symphony)

“Menzies, in the demanding role of Evangelist, showed stamina and control without strain as he reached the upper register.  He handled the tenor aria Frohe hirten cleanly and with ease.” (Winnipeg Free Press ~ Bach Christmas Oratorio)

“The men were not at rest, impeccable in their interpretation.  The baritone Pierre-Etienne Bergeron and the tenor, David Menzies (Ferrando) were unbridled, yet maintained a certain simplicity in the dance designed by Don Alfonso.” (Terra Nova Magazine ~Mozart Così fan tutte)

“Particularly moving was the Interlude in Act 1, when the Male Chorus, sung by David Menzies, recounts Tarquinius’ journey to Rome. The orchestra provided the perfect, spirited atmosphere for Menzies’ well-sung, well-enunciated tale of Tarquinius’ animal lust.” (The Phonograph ~ Britten The Rape of Lucretia)

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