ArtsongUpdate.org Review – Rebel ConcertThere 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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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 ...
Seattle Post-Intelligence“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.”
Angels in America – Châtelet, Paris“…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
In Recital SeattleWhatever 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 Times Concert Review 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 ...
New York Times – Orfeo ed EuridiceOccasionally, 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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