Do ghosts need sleep? If so, the Old State Capitol ghosts were really out of luck last Thursday evening, when Opéra Louisiane brought Baritones on the Bayou to “The Castle on the River.” Four soaring baritone voices, along with guest soprano Rachel Cobb, rang throughout the beautifully vaulted spaces of that Gothic edifice. The evening was an artistic masterpiece, with the entire production and all arrangement, designed by the apparently limitless talent of our Artistic Director Michael Borowitz. The musical arrangements were designed to showcase the world class talents of Ivan Griffin (whose rendition of “Ole Man River” was truly a show stopper), Baton Rouge’s own Dennis Jesse, Todd Thomas and Mark Walters (said by one reviewer to possess “a magnificently resonant voice,” which was in its fullest possible form Thursday).

It was truly a sparkling evening of grand opera arias, Broadway hits and cherished musical comedy numbers in an architectural jewel of a setting. We deeply hope this may be the start of a great new musical tradition in our city, and that Baritones on the Bayou will return again and again in the future. Brava! and Bravo! to the beautiful soprano, Rachel Cobb, and the Baritones on the Bayou!

Jim George

attorney, board of directors, Opéra Louisiane

Baton Rouge