Critical Acclaim

Des Moines Metro Opera – Le Comte Ory

The astonishing young tenor Taylor Stayton anchored the overall vocal excellence with an effortless traversal of the title role. Time was when the vocal demands of this opus limited any production attempts to the occasional appearance of someone like Rockwell Blake who could make at least a decent stab at the Count. These days, high-flying tenors seem to be turning up with happy regularity, and with his performance here, Mr. Stayton has announced that he is deserving to be numbered on the short list of Rossini all-stars.

The voice has it all: flexibility, endurance, beauty of tone, generosity of substance, and stratospheric range. Moreover, Taylor cuts a handsome figure on the stage, appealing, spontaneous, and boyishly athletic (witness a surprising – planned – fall into a clean somersault when he got tangled in his newly-donned hermit robes). He has already appeared at such top tier houses as the Met, and will undoubtedly become a regular fixture there and elsewhere. JDF should be very very nervous!

James Sohre, Opera Today July 2014

Des Moines Metro Opera- Le Comte Ory

Rossini’s Le Comte Ory sparkled on July 5. Taylor Stayton’s sunny, stratospheric tenor is ideally suited to Rossini, and he made a pyrotechnical feast of the title role. He also proved himself a superlative comedian, and the fact that he’s handsome doesn’t hurt.

Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News July 2014

Des Moines Metro Opera – Don Pasquale

The very gifted Taylor Stayton’s laser-bright timbre boasts an exceptional fluidity above the staff and is probably ideally displayed in Rossini, but his Ernesto was no slouch.

Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News, October, 2011

Chicago Opera Theater – Mosé in Egitto

Taylor Stayton boasted a fluidly responsive lyric tenor with a vibrant ping above the staff as the rebellious Egyptian prince Osiride.

Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News, July 2010

The most compelling human element in the opera is the forbidden love of Pharoah’s son Osiride for the Israeli girl Elcia, and in a magnificent breakout performance as the conflicted Osiride, Taylor Stayton dominated the production.

A third-year resident artist at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, this young singer is the real thing—a Rossini tenor with the juice, power and flexibility to have a major career.

From his first notes, Stayton’s vibrant lyric instrument made one sit up and take notice. He sailed through all of Rossini’s coloratura hurdles with panache, throwing off high C’s with apparent ease. Also, in a static opera with a lot of public speechifying, Stayton brought a nuanced complexity to Pharoah’s tortured son.

Lawrence A Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, April 18, 2010

Osiride is an odd character, a steadfast lover but also a conniving villain who manipulates the vacillating Pharaoh to keep the captives (including, of course, his beloved Elcia) in Egypt. Stayton rose to the heroic demands of this taxing tenor role, his phrasing expressive and nimble, his sound bright and open, with a nice ping on top. He, too, is a talent to keep track of.

John von Rhein, The Chicago Tribune, April 19, 2010

 For amazing voices, the cast of Moses really can’t be beat; Taylor Stayton’s portrayal of the star-crossed lover Osiride was magnificent.

J.H. Plamer, Gapers Block, April 23, 2010

Academy of Vocal ArtsCapriccio

Taylor Stayton attacked his role with gusto and also managed to sing the music with bel canto beauty.

Robert Baxter, ConcertoNet, February 2010

Teatro dell’Opera di RomaFalstaff

One surprise – the young American Taylor Stayton, who is also excellent as an actor.

Hans Sachs, Il Velino, 25 January 2010

Taylor Stayton contributes nicely as the young lover Fenton.

George Loomis, The New York Times, 1 February 2010

Academy of Vocal ArtsLucia di Lammermoor

Taylor Stayton’s pliant tenor delivered a splendid, promising Arturo.

Adam Wasserman, Opera News, October 2009

Taylor Stayton made a steadier, more sonorous Arturo than one sometimes hears at major houses.

David Shengold, Opera News, August 2009

Martina Arroya Foundation Gala: Prelude to PerformanceCosi Fan Tutte

I particularly liked Taylor Stayton as Ferrando. His voice… exudes good health and promise.

Bernard Holland, The New York Times, 21 July 2007

Taylor Stayton as Ferrando did an astonishing job with the elegant “Un Aura Amoroso.” For such a young tenor to be so accomplished at conveying the nuances of Mozart is extremely impressive. I look forward to hearing him again.

Howard Kissel, The New York Daily News, 23 July 2007