John Mac Master press reviews
Dream of Gerontius, Ontario, 2010
‘MacMaster was wonderful as the dying, mystified, soul-searching everyman Gerontius. He was comfortable both in his impassioned pleas, Jesu have mercy! Mary pray for me!, as well as his more delicately-nuanced and inquiring dialogue with the angel, I wish to hold with thee conscious communion. His round and clear voice transferred nicely between registers and his diction and meaning-filled expressiveness were appealing to listen to. The pure and sincere utterance I go before my Judge late in the second half encapsulated the work in a simple phrase.’
Stephen Preece, The Record, January 17, 2010
Dream of Gerontius/ Grant Park, 2009
'There was no denying the eloquence with which John MacMaster identified with the troubled Gerontius, most notably the dying man's desperate clinging to life and, later, his soul's longing for redemption. Not only was his diction splendid and his feeling for the words deep, his clear, clarion tenor held the audience at rapt attention.'
Classical Music Critic/ August 3, 2009
'With John MacMaster, Kalmar had a Gerontius to, well, die for. The Canadian tenor’s ardent singing possessed the requisite yearning in his tone yet with a reserve of strength to conquer the dramatic and technical demands. MacMaster delivered a stirring Sanctus fortis, and sang with fervent expression throughout, his rendering of O Jesu, help! Pray for Me, like a piercing cry from the heart.'
Chicago Classical Review/ August 1, 2009
Ariadne/ Victorian Opera, 2009
'Heldentenor John Mac Master is equally impressive as Bacchus: his secure and powerful voice makes light work of the role's phenomenal demands, and is matched by a suitably heroic (if rather static) stage presence.'
The Opera Critic, July 27, 2009
'There were extraordinary performances: Jacqueline Dark's Composer and Canadian tenor John Mac Master's Tenor/Bacchus were magnificently realised roles; their singing was fearless and beautiful.'
The Australian, July 23, 2009