The New York Premiere production with Joseph Shore as Salieri, Ron Gentry as Mozart from the Chamber Opera THeatre of New York, Thaddeus Motyka director, Ainslee Cox and Henry Mollicone conductors.
"Chamber Opera Theatre's performance and production were thoroughly admirable, including the staging by Thaddeus Motyka. Both operas (sung clearly in good English translations) were cast with splendid
singing actors, including Ron Gentry as a Mozart not far removed fromTim Curry and Joseph Shore as a Salieri on an Ian McKellen level.
Indeed when Shore broke down while reading the opening of Mozart's Requiem after giving his rival poison, it was a moving moment of truth comparable to anything in AMADEUS." Bill Zakariasen, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"Baritone Joseph Shore was superb as Salieri, his voice full and flexible,
his acting on a level rarely seen on the operatic stage."
Peter Goodman, NEWSDAY
"MOZART AMD SALIERI is almost a monologue for Salieri and it was handled
beautifully here, both musically and dramatically, by Joseph Shore,
the 1981 winner of the Bruce Yarnell Memorial Award for Baritones."
Glenne Currie,UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
"Joseph Shore...gave a fully engrossing, richly characterful portrayal,
breaking into very convincing desolation at the climactic moment
when Mozart's Requiem wells up from the orchestra."
Jack Heimenz, MUSICAL AMERICA
"The one-act, two role opera is Rimsky-Korsakov's setting of Pushkin's dramatic poem in which Salieri, not Mozart, is the leading figure, a role both commandingly and sensitively dominated at the opening performance last night by baritone Joseph Shore."
Dave Spangler, THE BERGEN RECORD
"The dominant role is that of Salieri, with Joseph Shore giving a really
awesome portrayal of the court musician who can never fathom or hope
to gain one spark of Mozart's genius.
Jennie Schulman, BACKSTAGE
"Joseph Shore excels in his role of Salieri. He is as fine an actor as he
is a singer, and both talents combine in an altogether convincing and
moving performance...one would want to attend the production as much
for the theatrical value of their performance as for any other reason."
Louis Morra, WKCR RADIO
'Joseph Shore's Salieri provided the evening's finest singing and one hopes to hear much more of him in the future."
Byron Belt, NEWHOUSE NEWSPAPERS
'The only voice I can single out for distinction is the sonorous baritone of Joseph Shore." Noah Tree, AFTER DARK
"...an uncluttered, serious and moving account of Rimsky-Korsakov's
one act MOZART AND SALIERI... Baritone Joseph Shore sang and acted a powerfully tragic Salieri." Leighton Kerner, THE VILLAGE VOICE
"The singers in Mozart and Salieri were Ron Gentry, as the young genius, and Joseph Shore, as his jealous rival. They fulfilled their assignments so expertly that one flinched inwardly at the implication that Salieri murdered Mozart....."
Allen Hughes, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Mozart and Salieri was so highly acclaimed when Chamber Opera performed it last season, that they decided to bring it back with the original principals, Joseph Shore as Salieri and Ron Gentry as Mozart. Both were perfectly cast to the extent where you feel no one will ever be equal to their flawless characterizations. Shore, in particular, possesses a dramatic baritone voice of limitless range. In contrast, Gentry displays a clear, crisp tenor which suits ideally. Both gentlemen conveyed convincing historical portraits of the rival Maestri/Composers."
Jennie Schulman, BACKSTAGE