Opera Neo Don Giovanni Reviews

A few great reviews of our wonderful production of Don Giovanni with Opera Neo Festival in San Diego

San Diego Story
Impressive Opera NEO Production Brings Mozart Up to Date

By Ken Herman, August 16, 2016

“While there are certainly many ways to play the title character, Bernardo Bermudez’s take on the rake proved more nuanced than most. For example, in the early scenes Bermudez wooed the young peasant girl Zerlina with genuine affection and the dulcet edge of his ample baritone, rather than the thinly disguised predatory deception of many Don Giovannis. He cajoled his exasperated servant Leporello, played with unusual sophistication by Christopher Edwards, more with camaraderie than with sheer command and bluster. On the other hand, Bermudez summoned chilling menace and a gruff vocal edge to his “Fin ch’han dal vino” aria, in which he aticipates more conquests as his party guests dance and imbibe freely. Bermudez gave his character range and credibility, in spite of the Don’s monochromatic reputation.”



San Diego Reader
The Don(ald) Giovanni Don Giovanni abuser of power at Opera Neo

By Garrett Harris, August 14, 2016

“Bernardo Bermudez, in the title role, gave us a deliciously degenerate Don. Bermudez did not shy away from Don’s more lecherous moments but gave us a full helping.”



San Diego Union Tribune
Don Juan goes to Washington Opera Neo’s ‘Don Giovanni’ takes the famed womanizer to the U.S. capital

By Catherine Gaugh, August 10, 2016

“The musicians and the singers have all participated in Opera Neo’s yearly summer festival workshop, which offers training, coaching and a chance to perform real-time roles. Bernardo Bermudez, who has the title role in “Don Giovanni,” first sang for the company in summer 2013.

Bermudez is, Kozma said, “the ideal Don Giovanni.”

“He has that Latin charm, and he is so good-looking and playful,” he added. “And he sings very beautifully.”




San Diego Opera Madama Butterfly Reviews

San Diego Story
San Diego Opera’s Madama Butterfly’ Vocal Paradise

by Ken Herman, April 18th 2016

Baritone Bernardo Bermudez created an unusually mellifluous and sympathetic Prince Yamadori, the suitor who would rescue the abandoned Cio-Cio San



Latonia Moore a shimmering Madama Butterfly in San Diego

by Erica Miner, April 17th, 2016

“Company team players Scott Sikon and Bernardo Bermudez were appealing as Bonze and Yamadori respectively.”


Opera Today
San Diego Opera Presents a Tragic Madama Butterfly

By Maria Nockin April 23rd, 2016

“As is usual with San Diego Opera, committed fine artists inhabited the smaller roles. J’Nai Bridges was a caring and compliant Suzuki. Joseph Hu was a thoroughly amusing Goro, Scott Sikon a frightening Bonze, and Bernardo Bermudez a pretentious Yamadori.”


West Bay Opera Faust Reviews

West Bay Opera Faust Reviews

Splash Magazine
Faust Review-West Bay Opera’s Futuristic Take on a Classic

By Steve & Suzanne Cooper, May 2015

“Two other newcomers to this company were also outstanding. Bernardo Bermudez, in the role of Valentin, Marguerite’s soldier brother, delivered a beautiful haunting solo in his first appearance, bemoaning the fact that he was leaving his sister to go to war….”


Repeat Performances and the Piedmont Post
West Bay Opera delivers triumphant Faust

By Adam Broner, May 22, 2015


San Francisco Classical Voice
Not a Dull Moment in West Bay Opera’s Dystopian Faust

By Charlise Tiee, May 25, 2015

“Baritone Bernardo Bermudez made for an earnest Valentin with his dry, pleasant voice….”


San Jose Mercury News
A magnificent ‘Faust’ staged by West Bay Opera

By John Orr, May 23, 2015

“All the other principals — Bernard Bermudez as Valentin, Molly Mahoney as Siebel, Patrict Houston as Marthe and Ryan Bradford as Wagner — are in excellent voice….”




Livermore Valley Opera Rigoletto Review

San Francisco Classical Voice
Ravishing, Rich Rigoletto at Livermore Valley Opera

By Steven Winn, September 27th, 2014

“Bernardo Bermudez captured the Mantuan courtier Marullo’s bored corruption effectively.  A luridly yellow costume, by designer Abra Berman, supplied visual amplification of the point.”



Union Avenue Opera A Streetcar Named Desire Reviews

St. Louis Today, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A Streetcar Named Desire’ makes a welcome stop at Union Avenue Opera
By Sarah Bryan Miller

August 02, 2014

Bernardo Bermudez was an appropriately hunky Stanley, with a big, burnished baritone and excellent diction….

BroadwayWorld (BWW) OperaWorld.com Reviews: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Shines at Union Avenue Opera
By Steve Callahan

August 5, 2014

Baritone Bernardo Bermudez is very much at home in the role of Stanley. He’s vocally strong, as well as proud, fit and comfortable in Stanley’s iconic masculinity. It’s a splendid job.

Blanche, Stella and Mitch all have lyrical arias or ariettas. Only Stanley is without one. But what is an aria? It’s the verbal expression of a character’s inner feelings. Stanley, the iconic male, is not verbally articulate; he expresses himself not with words but with his body, his muscle, his hands. So, alas, though Bernardo Bermudez deserves one, Stanley should really not have an aria.

Ladue News
Operatic Form Fits ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’: Opera Review
By Mark Bretz

August 4, 2014

Bernardo Bermudez and Katherine Giaquinto share sparks of chemistry that show how Stanley’s primordial impulses brings out Stella’s lusty, earthy nature. Their verbal sparring is offset by the obvious sexual delight in each other, which makes Stanley’s brutish assaults on her all the more shocking. Both performers bring convincing acting and singing to their roles.

KDHX 88.1 Independent Music Plays Here
Andre Previn’s music for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ falls somewhat short of expectations
By Gary Scott

August 2014

Bernardo Bermudez as Stanley Kowalski and Anthony Wright Webb as “Mitch” Mitchell were likewise well-matched. Both men resonated with warmth and vigor, exuding a rugged yet vulnerable rawness that just might have pleased Tennessee Williams.

Save San Diego Opera

Save San Diego Opera

Hello everyone, we need your help!!! San Diego Opera, a company that I have had the pleasure of working with for the last seven seasons will be shutting down after our last production this season.  We strongly feel that the closure of this 49 year institution will be devastating to the Opera and Arts community everywhere, but specially San Diego and Southern California. Not to mention that over 400 jobs will be lost, not counting the surrounding businesses who will be affected by the loss of this institution. I ask you to please “like” Save San Diego Opera page in facebook and also sign our petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/827/516/648/save-san-diego-opera/ this only takes a few seconds out of your schedule to do.

Please help, Thanks again

Bernardo Bermudez