Praise for Madame Butterfly

 " A Triumph!  That was wonderful!  Loved it!  The voices and acting were superb!  I’m not sure what we expected, but that surpassed all!  The poster and the set design were also superb - just beautiful!

We were both into it, and I was emotional for the story, the musical beauty."..J.R.McBrIen

"Congratulations on a stunningly beautiful & moving production"..... Robert Feng

"I''ve been telling everyone how fantastic your production of Madame Butterfly was.  Janice, your vision and direction produced a moving experience for all.  The individual performances were wonderful.  The set and design choices were spot on. "    C.Purdis

Praise for "Suor Angelica!"

Shermin Botts

'Congratulations on an excellent production. Brava!"

Dimitrios Papadimitropolous

"Well done everyone!!! Bravo and congratulations...everyone must see it!!!"


"Fabulous, professional and exceeds any expectations, Bravo..."


Ron Manganiel

"Best Opera I have ever  seen and I've seen many"

Helen Van Tine-Golden

Artistic Director of Golden Rose Opera Works, NY

"Oh my God - gorgeous. Lela Philbrook (Suor Angelica) is transcendently gifted. I am crying."

"The orchestra was very sensitive and kept a good pace, and the string section supported the singing line. Janice, your singers were expressive and had warm round tones with obvious relating to each other."

"AnnaMaria Cardinalli (La Zia Principessa) has great pipes and a moneymaker killer instrument."

"I hope you are sharing this everywhere."

Jessie Bond, Splash Magazine

"OperaWest! a new company dedicated to providing accessible opera to the community and professional opportunities ...This production of the short, tragic Puccini opera was done..."superbly"

"Philbrook has a gorgeous voice and a commanding stage presence; from the moment she opened her mouth, it was clear she was the star of the show. Not only a remarkably gifted singer, carrying Puccini’s dramatic melodies with flair, she is also a talented actor, successfully portraying the full range of human emotion in the short, rapidly unfolding story. Philbrook is definitely a performer to watch out for."