First reviews in for BUTTERFLY at OTSL

The first reviews are in from Chris' lauded performance of Sharpless in Madame Butterfly at  Opera Theatre Saint Louis.  


It was wonderful to hear Christopher Magiera again. His mellifluous, burnished baritone has taken on new weight since last I heard him, and he brought gravity and a sympathetic, bungled paternalistic concern to Sharpless. Mr. Magiera’s assured presence and luminous vocalizing were one of the evening’s great strengths.
— James Sohre Opera Today
"Some of the evening's best work came from Christopher Magiera as the fundamentally decent American consul, Sharpless, whose warnings to Pinkerton of the tragedy to come are blithely ignored. Magiera's portrayal combined a smooth, intelligently used baritone with acting ability of a high order."

- Sarah Bryan Miller Saint Louis Post Dispatch

"Christopher Magiera is very strong as Sharpless, the American Consul. Sharpless is Pinkerton's Jimminy Cricket-warning him not to do wrong. At the end he hasn't the courage to give Butterfly the full bad news, and with Pinkerton he indulges in a little "I-told-you-so! I-told-you-so!" But Magiera fills the role with dignity and heart."

-Steve Callahan BWW: Opera World

"Baritone Christopher Magiera, who has done such fine work with OTSL in the past, once again delivers the goods as the American consul Sharpless, who tries, without success, to get Pinkerton to see the tragedy he will set in motion and to befriend the poverty-stricken Cio-Cio-San. It's a sympathetic portrayal, sung with genuine warmth and power."

- Chuck Lavazzi KDHX

"Brandenberg (tenor) and Magiera (baritone) also shine in their roles as the story’s villain and well-meaning but ineffectual functionary, respectively."

- Sarah Boslaugh Playback:STL