“Also notable were Catherine Leech as Rosina, a maid; Elise Jablow as Doralice; Stephanie McGuire, a mezzo-soprano playing Erminio; and Stephen Lavonier, a bluff baritone, as Rodimarte, Riccardo’s aide.” -James R. Oestreich, New York Times.
“Erminio was sung by a mezzo, Stephanie McGuire, so effectively ardent that I thought her, too, a countertenor.” (Opera Today).
“Also arriving in Act II is Erminio (sung by the impressive mezzo Stephanie McGuire who successfully negotiated all the changes of register), brother to Leonora and betrothed to Doralice.” (Meche Kroop).
“…McGuire and Grier were able to powerfully convey the uncertainty and agita of the supposedly ideal suburban lifestyle…McGuire was captivating and convincing in Dinah’s showpiece ‘There is a Garden’ with its lovely, deceptively simple melody. And her knack for emotional evolution shone in the terrific ‘What a Movie,’ in which Dinah brutally mocks a terrible movie-musical she’s just seen (called ‘Trouble in Tahiti’)…”
“Ms. McGuire’s big mezzo-soprano was piercingly moving…[T]he singing of the two leads, Stephanie McGuire and Isaac Grier, was strong and expressive…”
“Sam (the impressive Isaac Grier) and Dinah (the marvelous Stephanie McGuire) have been married for 10 long years – a good thousand days past the seven-year-itch. Worse, as Bernstein sees it, they live in suburbia.”