Stuart Neill press reviews
Stuart Neill with The Dallas Symphony, performing Verdi Requiem
"Stuart Neill produced the biggest-beef sounds I can remember hearing from a tenor, but also exquisite hushed croons."
- Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News, April 25, 2008
Stuart Neill as Rodolfo in La Boheme
"Neill's 'Che gelida manina' stopped the show in the first act. A tenor of power and nuance, he could feather a tone as easily as he could belt it, and he pumped romance into his characterization of the smitten Rodolfo."
- Mary Ellyn Hutton, Cincinnati Post
"As a passionate, powerful Rodolfo, Stuart Neill could do no wrong and was by far the afternoon's most rewarding component. He would be forgiven if he had showed off ? 'look how effortless I make this seem' ? but he committed all his energy to realizing the character."
- Brian Throckmorton, Lexington Herald-Leader
Stuart Neill as Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet's Manon
"Tenor Stuart Neill brilliantly sang the role ... His rich voice rang out through the entire evening. He possesses a formidable voice coupled with a solid technique. He could maintain the most beautiful tone even into his falsetto passages. Neill's singing ability and sense of passion made him a wonderful partner ..."
- Robert Sharon, The Palm Beach Daily News
"Tenor Stuart Neill, a 1991 palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition winner, fared better as Chevalier des Grieux, Manon's suitor. He's a big man with a big voice, but he was careful here to keep it in reserve singing his key arias without overstating them."
- Charles Passey, The Palm Beach Post
Stuart Neill as Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme
"Tenor Neill is the focus of (The Philadelphia) Opera Company's 'La Boheme'... The opening night audience saw and heard the qualities that make him such a tantalizing performer. His voice has the ring of quality, clarity and dramatic immediacy."
- Daniel Webster, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Stuart Neill as Faust in Gounod's Faust
"Stuart Neill ... sang with intelligence and was musical in everything he did ... all of the notes of the role seemed to come easily to him ..."
- John Ardoin, The Dallas Morning News
Stuart Neill with The Atlanta Symphony, performing Berloiz's Damnation of Faust
"Neill has an angelic voice ..."
- Judith Green, The Atlanta Journal- Constitution
Stuart Neill with The Dallas Symphony, performing Handel's Messiah
"Mr. Neill's pleasant voice is so forceful that he's in Jon Vickers' league in sheer carrying power."
- Olin Chism, The Dallas Morning News
Stuart Neill with The London Symphony, performing Stravinsky's Perséphone
"This was a performance of staggering virtuosity, ... tenor Stuart Neill had bright and beefy tone appropriate to the declamatory passages of the high priest."
- John Allison, The Times (London)
Stuart Neill as Arturo in Bellini's I Puritani
"As Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras seem to have had their best years, it almost looks like the race of tenors is dying out. But hark! here comes the young American tenor Stuart Neill, descending the stairs of Amsterdam Concertgebouw, a tenor of heavy-weight class ... His voice is slender and perfect. A voice with which he was a sensation in a fine concert-performance of I Puritani ... what a voice, what possibilities!"
- Eddie Vetter
"Stuart Neill in his house debut (Metropolitan Opera) was good to hear. There is a robust feeling of measure and control behind the bright, splendidly steady and consistent tones he produces. He is a traditional tenor in a traditional mold, and there are not many of them about."
- New York Times
"Considerable interest centered on the debut of tenor Stuart Neill, an Atlanta born prize winner of the 1992 Pavarotti competition who is having a busy season -- debuts at The Met, La Scala and Covent Garden, among much else. He cuts a hefty figure and produces a big, ringing sound, solid at the core and capable of a crooning softness. Bellini unkindly threw in some extremely high climaxes -- two high D's in the final duet with the heroine, and Neill took them without flinching. There would seem to be many heroic tenor roles in his future."
- New York Post
Stuart Neill in Lucia di Lammermoor
"Neill seems to have arrived fully grown into opera. He commands the stage vocally, but also has presence and dynamism to enhance his singing prowess. While he was singing, this production came to life and suggested theatrical possibilities... when the sextet began in the second act, Neill's voice supplied most of the expressive and glow."
- The Philadephia Inquirer
Stuart Neill as Gualtiero in Il Pirata
"In his European debut as Gualtiero in Il Pirata the American Stuart Neill was absolutely astounding. He is a tenor who can sing the most stratospheric notes and do so with complete aplomb. He sang the almost "unsingable role," which was written for the legendary falsetto voice of Rubini, with total ease in full voice - and beautifully."
- Berliner Morgenpost
Stuart Neill dines with a Philadelphia restaurant reviewer
"Internationally acclaimed tenor Stuart Neill ... is also larger than life -- a big man with a lusty appetite for food as well as beautiful arias ... he sang a whole chorus... filling the room with his huge tenor."
- Tom DiNardo, Philadelphia Daily News