Kim Begley reviews/press
WAGNER'S DAS RHEINGOLD
"The whole thing depended on the intensity and intellect with which Kim Begley as Loge acted under Krämer's direction. From the moment he emerged from the globe - how else? - with fiery hands and surveyed the unsavoury state of affairs, he took the action in hand. Begley was exactly the right singer for this central role: not only is he blessed with a strong, expressive voice, he was also able to switch from delightful comedy to deadly gravity in an instant. It was an enticing character study of this elusive character"
Klauss Billand - Opera - July 2010
BRITTEN'S BILLY BUDD
'..with a commanding performance by English tenor Kim Begley as Captain Vere...'
Judy Fayard, The Wall Street Journal, April 30 2010
"Tenor Kim Begley was a magnificent Herod, singing with precision and tonal brilliance in a role that is all too often approximated...'
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Gate, October 20, 2009
“Tenor Kim Begley limned the emotional development of Laca believably and sang with elegant force.”
Timothy Mangan, Orange County Register, October 1, 2007
“As Steva's stepbrother Laca, who accidentally scars Jenufa's beauty and becomes her only salvation, Kim Begley offers exceptional acting skills to match a voice equally alive with insight.”
Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun, May 11, 2007
“As the stepbrothers Laca and Steva, Kim Begley and Raymond Very employ their high, strong and intensely emotive tenor voices with surety of pitch, unflagging energy and keen dramatic intelligence.”
Tim Page, Washington Post, May 7, 2007
“[Mattila is] Entwined with the sweet warmth of Begley's equally forceful tenor…”
Wynne Delacoma, The Sunday Times, January 20, 2005
BRITTEN'S BILLY BUDD
'As Vere, Kim Begley had the clarion bright, deep carrying tenor and the dramatic precence to be its central pillar. In this his SF Opera debut, the Royal Opera tenor demontsrated why his international career is so impressive.'
Robert Commanday, SFCV.org, 26th September 2004.
'English tenor Kim Begley had the noble bearing and sound to make Captain Vere a true leader of men, and the ability to convey the man's anguish at not finding a way to thwart Claggart.'
Harvey Steiman, Seen and Heard, 5th October 2004
“Kim Begley, in his local debut, made an incisive Captain Vere, credible both as seaman and scholar.”
David Shengold, Gay City News, October 14-20, 2004
“Tenor Kim Begley, as Florestan, was solid and imposing.”
Frank Cadenhead, Opera Japonica, January 6, 2003
"Kim Begley was a plangent, moving Florestan.”
Erica Jeal, The Guardian, August 18, 2001
“Kim Begley as the Drum Major, was distinguished in his role, coping faultlessly with the Sprechstimme (best described as 'musically defined speech') which Berg uses throughout.”
John Bench, Musicom, October 21, 2002
“Kim Begley’s lovely tenor voice was used with sardonic skill as the Drum Major…”
Melanie Eskenazi, MusicWeb-International, October 15, 2002