L. Pierce Carson offers a glowing review of the RNO's performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, under the baton of James Gaffigan. It was, Carson writes, "a big, fearless presentation of a monumental work, with Gaffigan’s passions on full display from start to finish." And the world premiere of pieces by Gordon Getty, he notes, were "well received by the audience, cheering the composer when he was brought to the stage. Composer Getty stands in good stead in his stamping ground."
Sasha Paulsen at the Napa Valley register reviews the history of the festival and recounts the stunning events opening Season Ten: the Patron Dinner and fireworks at Opus One, and the Opening Night Concert at Castello di Amorosa, featuring Nadine Sierra, "a star, ascending."
Haute Living's Kelly Carter offers an inside look at the festival while it is going on, including coverage of the Founders Dinner, Opening Night concert, Beethoven and Getty at Lincoln Theater, the Patron Dinner at Far Niente, and the Annual Gala at Meadowood featuring Kevin Spacey.
Teresa Rodriguez at examiner.com writes how Festival del Sole "has become a force for fundraising – and star power," benefitting Napa area schools while education and arts budgets are being gutted. The article focuses on the Annual Festival Gala and Bouchaine Young Artist Series.
Travel and Leisure's headline announces that "Festival del Sole is Back, and it is Glorious," saying this summer’s program "is full of can’t-miss events..." In a precise summary, it says the festival is "12 days packed with concerts, festive dinner parties, dance performances, and schmooze-worthy vintner luncheons. With 47 events spread across various locations, we thought we’d help by picking out the highlights." Click through the link to see their picks.
In its final pre-season article, Napa Valley's paper of record notes that Festival del Sole "has become one of the valley’s annual summertime treats, combining classical, opera, dance and theater performances with memorable meals, yoga classes and other activities," and includes 10 essential facts about the festival, from an interview with General Director Sonia Tolbert.