Tosca at Chelsea Opera, June 2015
"Samuel McCoy, Music Director and Principal Conductor, maintained masterful control of the orchestra. Bigness - robust, satisfyingly large sturdiness - was, in fact, one of the core features of this Tosca. The sheer size of the musical sound gave this Tosca the feel of a major opera house performance rather than the offering of a small regional company."
"Conductor Samuel McCoy is of the restrained type, but that was no impediment to his pulling an arresting propulsive performance from the excellent Chelsea Opera Chamber Orchestra."
Approaching Ali at North Carolina Opera, January 2015
“Samuel McCoy directed the small orchestra with precision and a strong sense of musical arch. He brought Sparr’s score to life, and offered a musical reading that highlights Sparr’s tonal language with more theatrical, edgier moments.”
Opera News Review: The Tender Land by Aaron Copland
June 13, 2014
“...music director, Samuel McCoy led the cast and fine instrumental ensemble in a stirringly vital performance, bringing Chelsea Opera’s 2013-14 season to a triumphant conclusion.”
Chelsea Opera Announces Appointment of Samuel McCoy as new Music Director/Principal Conductor
Conductor Samuel McCoy has been appointed Chelsea Opera’s Music Director/Principal Conductor effective January 1, 2014. This appointment follows Maestro McCoy’s service as assistant conductor for the world premiere of Matthew Harris’s The Mark of Cain and the New York premiere of Richard Wargo’s Ballymore – Part One: Winners as well as guest conductor for Seymour Barab’s La Pizza con Funghi. “We couldn’t be happier to have such a talented and energetic young conductor fill the position. He has already proven himself to be an excellent fit for the company,” explained co-founder and co-producer Leonarda Priore. For his first outing in the position, Maestro McCoy will be conducting Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land in June 2014. “As the production stage director, I am really looking forward to working with Sam again. We had a great time working on the Barab together,” said co-founder and co-producer Lynne Hayden-Findlay.