Opera News Online (Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Cincinnati Opera 6/23/10)"John Horton Murray brought ample power and stamina to Walther's music, along with a suitably bright, lyrical sound....he met the considerable challenges of the role with grace and ardor." Cincinnati Enquirer (Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Cincinnati Opera 6/23/10)“John Horton Murray was the self-possessed knight Walther, who swaggered with self-confidence and wielded a heroic tenor ... in the treacherous 'Prize Song,' he triumphed in his final rendition, tackling its high tessitura fearlessly." Opera (Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Cincinnati Opera 6/23/10)"John Horton Murray's youthful looking and sounding Stolzing resoundingly carried all before him, ending with a Prize Song that was indeed a first-prize performance." Grand Rapids Press (Canio in I Pagliacci with Opera Grand Rapids)"Leoncavallo's meaty score demands big voices, and Lyall had big guns blazing with dramatic tenor John Horton Murray erupting in anguish upon discovering his wife's infidelity. Murray's Canio was as bewildered as he was ballistic, illuminating the years between older husband and younger wife...the show stopping aria, 'Vesti la giubba,' packed an emotional punch." Wiener Zeitung (Mathis der Maler with Konzerthaus Wien)"John Horton Murray was much more than just replacement for Johan Botha...and mastered the difficult part in awe inspiring fashion despite the consistently high tessitura." Die Presse.com/Kultur und Medien (Mathis der Maler with Konzerthaus Wien)"As replacement in the role of Albrecht von Branderburg...John Horton Murray accomplished an admirable feat. In only eight days, he learned the devilishly difficult 'helden'-part and sang with bravery all the way to the crowning hallelujah." Opera News Online (Der Kaiser in Die Frau Ohne Schatten with Metropolitan Opera)"Her Emperor, tenor John Horton Murray ... blended dramatic steel into a flow of ardent lyricism." Opera News Online (Menelas in Egyptiche Helena with Santa Fe Opera)"John Horton Murray's ringing tenor, sustained breath and steady tone never seemed to falter as Menelas" Opera News Online (Apollo in Daphne with Deutche Oper Berlin)"John Horton Murray managed Apollo's murderous outbursts impressively" Le Figaro (Apollo in Daphne with Chatelet Opera, Paris)"On the other hand, I adore the voice of the other tenor, John Horton Murray, who, as Apollo, performs admirably with a pure timbre, and a beautifully diverse tenor range" La Tribune, Geneva (Laca in Jenufa with Grand Theatre de Geneve)"...a voice of liquid metal that shines like gold among the entire company." Seattle Weekly (Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Seattle Opera)"John Horton Murray brought to the brief but grueling role of Bacchus a tenor that matched Eaglen's voice in warmth and carrying power." Opera News Online (Parsifal in Parsifal with Scottish Opera Edinburgh Festival)"In the title role, American John Horton Murray offered clear, bold tone, and his dramatic assumption was invariably apt for a character that develops constantly throughout the action." Opera News Online (Paul in Die Tote Stadt with New York City Opera)"Murray sang well and acted with understated dignity.... Though clearly husbanding his resources for that final solo, the tenor ardently registered the heartache of Paul's farewell." Heard (Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Garsington Opera)"As Bacchus, John Horton Murray maintained impressive stamina and an even, muscular tone in a credible interpretation of this notoriously demanding helden tenor role." Opera News Online (Bacchus in Ariadne with Garsington Opera)"John Horton Murray, who made a stunning entrance as Bacchus in the last scene, dressed as a classical, seaborne warrior in Francis O'Connor's designs, lifted the roof with his bold, brazen singing in the climactic duet."
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