Conductor
North America
Acclaim
Barber of Seville in Montreal

"On the instrumental side, the work of the Orchestre Metropolitain is remarkable. The Overture of the opera, already greatly applauded, demonstrated refined playing of the violins. Conducted by the experienced Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini, the orchestra was at its best."

Marc-Olivier Laramée, La Scena Musicale
A well-paced "Barber"

"Talking about this production, one has to start with the conductor Christoph Campestrini who delivers the most interesting orchestral reading in this pit since Jean-Marie Zeitouni in Cendrillon and Yannick Nezet-Seguin in Salome, with a sense for transparency (woodwinds) and for articulation (strings) and a clarity of the vocal ensembles nothing short of exceptional, especially in relationship to the time allowed for preparation in a North American Opera House."

Christophe Huss, Le Devoir
The Barber of Seville - Opéra de Montréal

"The conductor Christoph Campestrini leads the soloists and the Orchestre Metropolitain into a joyous musical whirlwind, that culminates in the enchanting Finale of Act 1."

Louis Bilodeau, L'Avant-Scène Opéra
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's 'Scheherazade' a breathtaking performance
"A magnificent performance by the KSO revived memories of earlier Scheherazade pleasures, abetted by brisk, crisp conducting from Guest Conductor Christoph Campestrini."
C.J. Gianakaris, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Musicians were on-point under the clear and concise direction of guest conductor Christoph Campestrini."
Daniel Kushner, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
"Artful and entertaining: The carefully crafted and well balanced orchestra accompaniment under Christoph Campestrini excelled without any need for amplification. Opera as one wishes for!"
Der Standard
"The voices are able to shine due to the beautiful and appealing accompaniment by the orchestra (including an especially fine violin solo), which under the direction of Christoph Campestrini provides the basis for an atmospheric and thankfully unamplified opera evening."
Die Presse
"Christoph Campestrini presents the opera in superior beauty and lets the music swing naturally. At the spots where Nicolai's melodies ask for it, Campestrini feasts in them, where coordination is required he is in supreme control."
Kronenzeitung
"The musical interpretation distinguished itself by consistent high quality: The orchestra under the direction of Christoph Campestrini combined exhilarating levity with finely nuanced expression."
Wiener Zeitung
"Christoph Campestrini provides the sparkling orchestral basis to this imaginative production: A beautiful evening to lean back to."
Der Kurier
"Very often one hears that singers are covered by the orchestra up to inaudibilty: Not so with Christoph Campestrini. On the contrary, the maestro let the beautiful melodies by Otto Nicolai shine perfectly (while providing overtones of Schubert and Mendelssohn), which made a perfect fit for this serene summer night."
Der Neue Merker
Theatre and opera deftly negotiate a tightrope walk in Les contes d'Hoffman
“Mention must also be made of the conducting of Christoph Campestrini, incisive when needed, keeping a lively pace, but supportive of the singers when required. Both orchestra and chorus clearly responded to him, a major contribution to the evening’s success.”
Mark Morris, Edmonton Journal (Canada)
Werther
“Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini elicited playing of unaccustomed lightness and transparency from the orchestra but was handicapped in Massenet's lusher moments by a paucity of string sound.”
Lawrence Fuchsberg, Opera News
ISO features two exciting guests
“It also helps when all the instrumental choirs are in sync, when the louds and the softs are clearly audible and when the balance is perfect throughout. Campestrini not only did all the preceding, but gave the third movement, an Adagio cantabile, its proper slowness. His conducting was as good as we've heard so far this season.”
Tom Aldridge, NUVO Newsweekly (IN)
Grand Rapids Symphony delivers power and passion with guest pianist Dubravka Tomsic
“Campestrini was off to a rip-roaring start Friday with Dmitri Shostakovich's 'Festive Overture,' a six minute piece the composer dashed off in three days. It isn't fluff. It is fireworks. There was no mistaking just how big and fast Campestrini wanted to go with this roller coaster of a ride, and the Grand Rapids Symphony was all too happy to go for the gusto. That was Campestrini's personal best.”
Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, Grand Rapids Press
Ukrainian tone poem, harp inspire in Peristyle debuts
"Again, Campestrini, whose conducting verges on balletic, elucidated the distinct qualities of each work, capturing the musical essence of Richard Wagner in its great variety."
Sally Vallongo, The Blade (OH)
Houston Symphony's vibrant 'Italian' program boasts music for all seasons
"Showing a more dramatic dash here, Campestrini's conducting brought out the sprightliness and vigor of the opening movement, the forces nicely balanced. The orchestra's smoothly flowing work conveyed the more subtle appeal of the two interior movements. Yet it was the dynamic rendering of the Saltarello finale that made it the work's triumph, a whirlwind of sound that maintained precision despite the dizzying pace."
Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle
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