Omar Ebrahim "superb" in house debut at Boston Lyric Opera

3 December 2018

Renowned for his expertise and penchant for contemporary music, Omar Ebrahim has once again triumphed in the premiere of a new opera by Tod Machover, 'Schoenberg in Hollywood'. Praised for his "deep, silky voice" (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), he made a critically acclaimed house debut at Boston Lyric Opera.

“Ebrahim wholeheartedly gave himself to the lead role, with the character’s stiff, self-conscious affects eroding to reveal a wicked glimmer of humor. The baritone’s robust voice was expressive” - Zoë Madonna, Boston Globe

“Omar Ebrahim made a believable Schoenberg, inhabiting the composer’s emotional and psychological states with conviction” - Karl Charna Lynn, Opera Now

“Omar Ebrahim plays an intense Schoenberg who switches his accent to suit the projected film at the time.” – Ivy Li, The Tech

“The performing forces were small but potent: Baritone Omar Ebrahim was a forceful presence as Schoenberg” – Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal

“The excellent three-person cast was headed by Omar Ebrahim’s superb Schoenberg” – Angelo Mao, Opera News Vol. 83, No. 6

"Omar Ebrahim, making his BLO debut, portrays Schoenberg. His broad, oaky baritone cast the composer as a deeply wise and at times avuncular presence. Delivering some of his lines halfway between speech and song, Ebrahim effectively captured the awkwardness of a man torn by feelings of superiority and artistic loneliness" - Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review

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