"What an inspiring concert I saw tonight! “In Memory of Francisco” was a tribute to the great tenor Francisco Casanova. I studied with him for a time, and I miss this wonderful man who had such a sunny presence and the most beautiful vocal instrument I have ever heard live. The concert, presented by Matthew Laifer Artists Management and Grandi Voci Concert Agency, showcased Matthew Laifer’s singers, including one of Francisco’s students, as well as other talented singers, some of whom had known and worked with Francisco. It turns out that Mr. Laifer was an old friend of his who loved him very much, and this concert was his way of honoring Francisco. I'm very grateful to Mr. Laifer and to Natasha Novitskaia Adams for presenting this stunning concert. All of the personnel performed for free, giving their time and talent in honor of Francisco. The singing was brilliant and the pianists were stellar. A couple of the singers were truly striking and I’m certain they have big careers in their future, and several are already enjoying major success at the very top of the profession. The audience enjoyed two and half hours of beautiful solos and five ensembles. Producing a concert of this scale couldn’t have been easy! When soprano Brianne Roney sang “Vissi d’arte,” I welled up as I thought how proud Francisco would have been of his former student tonight, and I felt his presence for a moment as the tears flowed. I was not the only one who wept when a video of Francisco singing was played at the end of the show. It was a wonderful finish to the evening, bringing us together with Francisco and enjoying being with him one last time. ----- Thank you again for a beautiful concert, Natasha!" Elena Greco
"Last night we had the opportunity to hear some seasoned voices of larger dimensions singing the hell out of Verdi. The arias and duets we heard were those from operas that one must hear at the Metropolitan Opera. What was interesting about the performances we heard last night at the National Opera Center was how successfully the artists were able to summon up the entire opera in a single aria or duet. It was like feeling the ocean in a single wave."