Baritone James Westman’s Count = “charisma[tic]” with “brilliant comedic timing”

“Vocally, the evening belonged to the three baritone leads: John Brancy (Figaro), James Westman (Count Almaviva), and Peter McGillivray (Dr. Bartolo)…Westman sang magnificently — his Act III aria Vedro mentr’io sospiro was thrilling in its forcefulness — and portrayed the jealous Count with charisma and brilliant comedic timing.”
-Ottawa Citizen, full review here

“Characters to watch…baritone James Westman is hilariously aloof.”
-Metro Ottawa, full review here

“Similarly, James Westman’s Count, while an imposing physical presence (my wife said he reminded her of “Big” from the TV show Sex and the City) with a wonderful voice also chose to emphasize the comical side of the story. Westman’s reading interpolated a great number of high notes into his da capo verses, apparently drawing on suggestions from authentic sources suggested by conductor Mallon.”
-BarczaBlog, full review here

“James Westman is exceptional in the role of the Count, walking the fine line between master and fool, full of pomposity in both cases.”
-Apt613, full review here