Press

Performer

 

"As the flirty Zerbinetta, Brooke deRosa was adorable, and the demanding role shows off the shimmering coloratura of her upper range..."

 

-Lauri Goldenhersh, Lauri's List

"Brooke deRosa glittered indeed in "Glitter and be Gay" from "Candide," with vocal gymnastics, high notes and emotion to spare."

 

-Betty Tyler, Redlands Daily Facts

" Brava to the exquisite Brooke deRosa, who in her portrayal of ‘Fortune,’ inThe Fisher & the Wishes, plays an illustrious heroine..."

 

-Bonnie Priever, The Tolucan Times

"...deRosa came on stage to sing 'Memory' from Lloyd Webber’s 'Cats,' a lyrical contrast to the fanfare and a piece that showed off her low range.  She showed off her high range to spectacular effect with a solo sustained high note in the selections she and Sharpe sang from Lloyd Webber’s 'Phantom of the Opera'."

 

-Betty Tyler, Redlands Daily Facts

 

 

"The bright spot of The Merry Widow’s cast is the alluring and talented Brooke deRosa as Valencienne. She impressed this reviewer last summer in The Elixir of Love. DeRosa’s voice displays remarkable richness and maturity for her young age. "

 

-Barnarby Hughes, Stage and Cinema

"Brooke deRosa stole the show in "Poor wandering one!" during a selection of songs from Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance"

 

-Betty Tyler, Redlands Daily Facts

 

 

"Olympia, was portrayed by Brooke deRosa, who was completely transformed by her costume and physical bearing into a mechanical doll. Her coloratura was spot-on with beautiful timbre and accurate pitches, especially in the famous Doll Song, Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille, accompanied by well-practiced mechanical gestures that made her come across as truly not-human.  Great work, and a high point of the show. "

 

-Lauri Goldenhersh, Lauri's List

 

"Brooke deRosa brings a mesmerizing operatic touch to the denouement in the title track (and album closer)"

 

-Record-Racks Magazine (Review of the album Something About April)

 

 

"Joined by Killah Priest, Masta Killa, The Roots and Brooke deRosa with her amazing operatic voice, Ghostface and Younge (on the organ) blow through I Declare War with a performance that has us lining up to buy tickets for their upcoming tour.  Amazing."

 

-Flash, Groove on Fire Magazine (Review of performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon)

 

 

"Brooke deRosa portrayed Della, with glorious, thick auburn curls falling halfway down her back and a shimmering spin to her lyrical soprano. Her voice was easy to understand, light and clean with a lovely rapid vibrato and a compelling warmth and color."

 

-Lauri Goldenhersh, Lauri's List

 

 

"Brooke deRosa as Giannetta has only a small role, but she fills it well and leaves the audience wanting more. "

 

-Barnaby Hughes, Stage and Cinema

"The most ear-catching is “(In Came) Love, So Silent,” primarily for the addition of the full-throated wordless vocals of opera soprano 

Brooke deRosa."

 

-James Hale, Downbeat Magazine (Review of Mitch Haupers' album Invisible Cities)

Composer

Praise for "Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon"

Winner -John Raitt Award for Best Music & Lyrics

Winner - Pick of the Fringe

Winner - Encore Producer's Award

"Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon is an engaging and charming musical that has so much potential.  I found myself wanting to join the cast in their boot-stomping shenanigans on more than one occasion!"

-Lacey Ray, Media Geeks

"The pace never slackens and the show is over much too soon.  I would have gladly spent more time in the Not-So-Ok Saloon with this merry band."

-Rob Stevens, Haines His Way

"...the story is strong, and the music is entertaining (although a bit operatic, which isn’t a surprise given the performance and the background of the author). The staging is cleverly realized, and the performances strong..."

-Daniel Faigin, Observations Along the Road

Praise for "The Monkey's Paw"

"DeRosa’s song-like piano score accompanies the voices to good advantage and never overpowers them. She makes a fine impression with her first opera."

                                               -OperaWire

"While this is composer deRosa’s first opera, her music achieved a high level of sophistication, mood and lyrical riches that complemented the suspenseful storyline nicely and at the same time gave the singers enough material to shine. "

                                               -Living Out Loud, L.A.

"DeRosa shows promise as a composer and is evidently at a very productive time in her creative output."       

                                               -Culture Spot L.A.

"The spookiness comes not so much in any quick surprises but in the horror the audience develops in waiting for the other shoe to drop. It comes in the skill of the writing and the agility and talent of the cast to heighten every moment in this world. Very engaging to watch. A perfect delivered little fable."

                                               -Splash Mag

Conductor

Praise for "La gazzetta"

"The orchestra, reduced to a chamber ensemble of 10, was easily overlooked most of the time, but the careful conducting of Brooke deRosa kept everything together."  

-Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

"Which brings up the fine work of the chamber orchestra, led with remarkable precision by Brooke deRosa, who has reduced Rossini’s traditional score to an ensemble of ten instruments....deRosa’s propulsive tempi and sharp rhythms kept her orchestra in uncanny synchronization with the eight principals and choral forces across the room throughout the evening."

-Rodney Punt, Classical Voice America

 

"Brooke deRosa conducted with stylistic acumen, in a reduced orchestration of her own creation. In spite of the sprawling playing space and the supreme challenge of the musical complexities, Maestra deRosa commanded her forces with admirable precision."

-James Sohre, Opera Today

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