Ms. Montalbano was praised in the press for her performance in Lyric Fest’s Bawdy Bard.
Lyric Fest’s ‘Bawdy Bard’ – Tom Purdom for Broad Street Review, September 27, 2011
Mezzo Maren Montalbano added color and personal liveliness; bass Colin Dill contributed a pleasingly unforced masculinity; and tenor Steven Bradshaw spanned a broad range with a knowledgeable feel for the nuances of period music. They’re all notably expressive vocalists.
Montalbano: Cheerfully risqué.
Michael Caruso of Chestnut Hill Local, September 26, 2011
Leslie Johnson’s soprano rang with scintillating brilliance beautifully paired with creamy refinement. Maren Montalbano’s mezzo rang with throaty vibrancy and tawny resonance. Steven Bradshaw’s tenor took flight with effortless projection and eloquent lyricism. And Colin Dill’s baritone coursed with power cloaked in velvet. Glandorf achieved equally exemplary results with the choir as a whole. Blend and balance were flawless, pitch and tuning were immaculate, and phrasing was arched and shapely.
Musically, the Undark Ages – by Lewis Whittington for ConcertoNet.com, October 11, 2011
…“L’autrier jost’una sebissa,” a 12th century pastorale by Marcabru sung by Montalbano and Dill made it a saucy mezzo and basso duet. “Le Chant des oiseaux” from the 14th century by Clément Janequin is an a capella quartet for the soloists who all displayed both silky technique in the vocal overlays and crisp interlocks in the transitional phrases.