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REVIEWS

CONCERT REVIEWS

Beethoven 9th Symphony
Richmond (VA) Sym. Orchestra    

Mark Russell Smith, conductor

Sang the baritone’s introduction to the Ode [to Joy] with as much passion and authority as I have heard.

- Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA

 

Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem

Tufts University Choirs 

Jamie Kirsch, conductor

Baritone Philip Lima... demonstrated his ability in vocal control and his rich voice.

- The Tufts Daily


Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra    

Fred Stolzfus, conductor

A strong, ringing delivery of the German text, and he interacted forcefully and subtly with the choral forces.

- The News Gazette, Champaign-Urbana, IL

 

Rockford Symphony Orchestra    

Steven Larsen, conductor

A commanding vocal presence. Without any excess dramatic tricks, he let the musical line carry its own emotions, and his voice had a constant intensity that gave added meaning to the notes and words.

- Rock River Times, Rockford, IL

 

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra    

David MacKenzie, conductor

Lima’s baritone voice was powerful and dramatic.

- Standard Times, New Bedford, MA

 

Fauré Requiem

Falmouth Chorale

John Yankee, conductor

Lima sings with inherent lyricism, in a lustrous voice, still with considerable power (there was one particularly impressive fermata, held firmly, at the “Offertory”).

- Cape Cod Times


Monterey Symphony    

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

The elegant baritone Philip Lima, whose strong masterful voice carried easily over the thickest orchestral textures.

- Peninsula Reviews

 

Haydn The Creation

Chatham (Cape Cod) Chorale    

Margaret Bossi, conductor

[His] resonant, spirited singing effectively carried the narrative forward.

- Cape Cod Times

 

Mahler Kindertotenlieder
Boston Ballet Orchestra    

Jonathon McPhee, conductor

Lima sang with imposing tone and dignified restraint... by Sunday I had put away my Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau recording.

- The Boston Phoenix

Impassioned, mellifluous performance.

- The Boston Globe

 

Mendelssohn Elijah

New Bedford (MA) Symphony Orchestra

David MacKenzie, conductor

Philip Lima as Elijah was a stand-out, not only because of his imposing presence but also for his ringing voice. His first-half bravura aria “Is not his word like a fire” was a powerful tour-de-force... Elijah’s plaintive aria “It is enough”... allowed Lima to reveal his softer side in a wrenching, beautifully sung confessional.

- WickedLocal.com

Ravel Don Quichotte à Dulcinée

Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra

Jung-Ho Pak, conductor

Baritone Philip Lima sang impressively, and three short songs were not enough to enjoy his instrument... Lima tugged at everyone’s heartstrings with a familiar and rousing anthem (‘The Impossible Dream”)

- Cape Cod Times

 

Walton Belshazzar's Feast
Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus and Orchestra    

Simon Carrington, conductor 

His singing was wonderfully flexible and engaging.  His is the ideal voice for Belshazzar, resonant and full; his musicianship is exemplary and his stage presence tremendously impressive.

- Simon Carrington, New England Conservatory

and Yale School of Music

 

Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Worcester Chorus    

Andrew Clark, conductor

Rendered with impressive precision and beauty.

- Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, MA

Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
Oklahoma City Sym. Orchestra/Canterbury Choral Society 

Constantina Tsolainou, conductor

Evocative... soaring effortlessly above the chorus and orchestra.

- The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK

 

In recital

One of the most personal and artistically satisfying vocal performances heard in Greensboro in recent history... he is a superb singer.

- News & Record, Greensboro, NC

Lima struck one of the high notes of the evening... his singing was glorious.

- The Boston Globe

Lima brought down the house with his lively and soulful spiritual, “Sister Mary Had-a But One Child.”

- The Boston Globe

An eloquent “Song to the Evening Star” by baritone Philip Lima

- The Boston Globe

Lima sounded clear as a bell... gracefulness in power and a kind of purity marked Lima’s delivery

- The Boston Musical Intelligencer

 

Schubert’s Winterreise

In the last song of Schubert’s "Winterreise" Philip Lima and pianist Beverly Orlove transformed a good performance into a transcendent one.

- The Boston Phoenix

OPERA REVIEWS

La Cenerentola; Alidoro
Lyric Opera Cleveland    

Gary Race, director

With a vibrant baritone and commanding presence (and occasional dreadlocks), he provided just the right note of philosophical wisdom.

- The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH

 

The Crucible; John Proctor
Lyric Opera Cleveland    

Will Graham, director

Lima sings with firm assurance... makes an overwhelming impression.

- The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH

 

Der Kaiser von Atlantis; Kaiser Überall
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh    

Jonathan Eaton, director

Kaiser Überall, scarily played by Philip Lima.

- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

Madama Butterfly;  Sharpless
Granite State Opera    

Philip Lauriat, conductor; James de Blasis, director

The two standout performers of the evening, surprisingly, were… mezzo-soprano Janice Edwards… and baritone Philip Lima, who began strong, continued strong and ended strong singing and acting the role of U.S. Consul Sharpless. Lima, it seems to me, was the anchor whose presence and well-rounded characterization held the show together.

- OperaOnline.us, Boston

 

Philip Lima left a deep mark... his portrayal of this sincere character was very touching.

- Seacostonline.com, Portsmouth, NH

 

A rich foundation for multi-voice passages.  As an actor he showed great subtlety in projecting frustration over his inability read the fateful letter in Act II—not an easy thing to get across to the rear rows of the balcony, where I was seated.

- Hippo Press, Manchester, NH

 

The Mikado; Mikado of Japan
Boston Academy of Music    

Ira Siff, director; Julian Wachner, conductor 


Cape Cod Opera and The BOSTONIANS    

Steven Karidoyanes, conductor

Star turn... the top chuckler was Lima’s “Let the Punishment Fit the Crime.”

- The Boston Herald

An affability and sense of humor that beamed to the back of the hall.

- Cape Cod Times

An imposing presence and voice.

- The Boston Globe

Pagliacci; Tonio

Granite State Opera    

Philip Lauriat, conductor and director

Animated and lively, with a rounded, controlled vocal performance that was pleasing to the ear. Mr. Lima is the kind of performer who sings and acts well and who communicates his role with believability to the audience, which makes him a natural who can enhance any ensemble performance. Well done!

- OperaOnline.us, Boston

 

The Rape of Lucretia; Tarquinius
Prism Opera, Boston    

Thomas Stumpf, conductor

Physically imposing, dramatically powerful, and vocally secure.

- The Boston Globe

He made a wonderful villain:  singing with power and wit and capturing both Tarquinius’s cruelty and his seductiveness.

- The Boston Phoenix

 

Rise and Fall/Mahagonny; Trinity Moses
Opera Boston    

Gil Rose, conductor; Sam Helfrich, director

Philip Lima was a formidable Trinity Moses.

- The Boston Globe

It's hard to imagine two better collaborators than tenor Frank Kelly (a slim but sinister Fatty the Bookkeeper) and huge but graceful Philip Lima (Trinity Moses).

- The Boston Phoenix

Samson et Dalila; High Priest
El Paso Opera    

Raymond Harvey, conductor

Of particular note is the authoritative presence of the High Priest of Dagon, Philip Lima, whose majestic voice matches his towering physique and imperial manner with equal command.

- El Paso Times

 

Semele; Cadmus
Handel and Haydn Society    

Christopher Hogwood, conductor

Philip Lima positively shone as Cadmus.  Lima has always been a commanding, intelligent stage presence; what a pleasure to hear new ping and glamour in his voice.

- The Boston Globe

 

Tosca; Scarpia
Cape Cod Opera  

John Yankee, conductor; David McCarty, director

A chilling portrayal of the brutal police chief, Scarpia. He was at his vocal best in the second-act dramatic monologue, "Ha piu forte sapore."

- Cape Cod Times