December 3, 2005, Stephen Salters sang at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC:

 

"Stephen Salters is one of the rising voices of the operatic world, and judging from his fearless and nearly flawless recital at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater (with pianist David Zobel) Saturday night, it's not hard to hear why.

 

"Not only does he sound like God on a good day, but he's intensely imaginative and adventurous, navigating repertoire that would make most singers creep into the wings and weep. Saturday night was no exception: From the Washington premiere of William Bolcom's "To My Old Addresses" to a sublime "Begin the Beguine," Salters brought wit, brains and ain't-no-big-thing charm to every syllable.

 

"Salters may be the thinking person's baritone, but pianist Zobel is no slouch either, and the interplay between the two was a constant joy. The whole recital, in fact, was so satisfying that it's hard to find a peak: Was it Salters's tender reading of Cesar Cui's "The Statue at Tsarskoe-Selo"? Bolcom's full-blooded setting of the Langston Hughes poem "Ballad of the Landlord"? Borodin's magnificent and moving "For the Shores of Your Far Native Land"? Or any of a dozen others?

 

"Impossible to decide. This was sophisticated repertoire for a sophisticated voice, and Salters made the most of it. His sound is rich and powerful, with a slight roughness that adds to the bite. But Salters's command of detail and dynamics is precise and elegant, and it's no wonder that the audience brought him back for four spectacular encores."

Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post, December 5, 2005

 

Mr. Salters performed in Handel's Alcina with Boston Baroque on October 17 and 18, 2003, in Boston:

"...The role assigned to Stephen Salters was minor, but his is a major talent; he dominated the stage the way he dominated his vocal line..."

Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe, October 20, 2003

Mr. Salters gave a recital on April 29, 2002, at Alice Tully Hall:

"The baritone Stephen Salters, who gave his Naumburg recital on Monday night at Alice Tully Hall, is a man of thorough confidence, huge charm and a vocal allure that comes brimming off the stage. He started his program with an unaccompanied traditional song, repeating over and over again the same words: "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine." And that was what he did for the next two hours, except that his light was not so little and was joined by the light (also not so little) of David Zobel at the piano."

Paul Griffiths, The New York Times, May 4, 2002

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