Reviews


There is a network of world-class Baroque performers that travel the world playing this marvelous music. Several of these experts were at The American Theatre in Hampton on April 23, 2005 and presented a rich selection of music written before 1735.

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Article in Review of Recital

Celebrated American countertenor Derek Lee Ragin was presented in recital by The DeiVision of Music of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. His accompanist for the evening was Dr. Gregory Thompson, who serves on the music faculty of Johnson C. Smith University. Mr. Ragin began his rapturous program with three songs by Henry Purcell, Music For A While, Sweeter Than Roses and Evening Hymn. Mr. Ragin sang these pieces with simple elegance. He is to be commended for his excellent execution of the florid runs in Sweeter than Roses. Evening Hymn was sung with a sense of devout reverence and he expressed apparent joy for his Creator as he executed the expressive melismas on the single word “Alleluja!”

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“Whatever he sings, Ragin sings with ardent musicality coupled with suppleness of technique and liquid phrasing. At times, he is the virtuoso, displaying his florid technique; but Ragin is also a singer of lyric breadth and remarkable warmth. That he can do both with such apparent ease is what makes him the artist he is.”


“…the camp but caring nurse, Belize, here given a marvelous performance by countertenor Derek Lee Ragin, who also doubled convincingly as the hallucinatory Mister Lies and a Bronx bag-lady.”

Stephen Mudge, Opera News, February 2005 , vol 69 , no.8


Whatever he sings, Ragin sings with ardent musicality coupled with suppleness of technique and liquid phrasing. At times, he is the virtuoso, displaying his florid technique; but Ragin is also a singer of lyric breadth and remarkable warmth. That he can do both with such apparent ease is what makes him the artist he is.

Seattle Post-Intelligence


Malinda Bargreen

Ragin Shows Why Countertenor Popularity Is In Midst Of Revival

Music review Derek Lee Ragin, countertenor, with Peter Croton, lute; Seattle Art Museum auditorium, yesterday.

Ragin’s voice is most effective in the range from about middle C up to a tenth or eleventh above, and most of his program concentrated there, displaying a technique of brilliant facility in even the most intricate runs and passagework. Alacrity, diction and phrasing all contributed to an unusually expressive approach which bespoke high-level artistry.

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Occasionally, the reverberation made for a nice effect: Mr. Ragin’s first cries of “Euridice,” for example, resounded wonderfully. More frequently, though, the resonance clouded the singers’ diction. One had the impression that Mr. Ragin, Miss Mitchell and Miss Leeds all have attractive, well-regulated voices and that they sang their roles powerfully.

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