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Reviews


Verdi Requiem

“Jason Tramm led the State Opera orchestra and chorus in a rendition that captured the composer’s operatically charged style well, with outpourings of grief, fury and yearning suffusing the piece. Instrumentalists and singers both gasped, gushed, and roared as the work required, from the slapping of timpani, choral wail and demonic string whirls of the “Dies Irae” to the hushed, movingly sung “salva me” (“save me”) during the “Rex tremendae” section, an appeal to the “King of dreadful majesty.” In the resonant Great Auditorium, the surround sound balcony-set trumpets used during the “Tuba Mirum” were even more effective than usual.”
The Star Ledger, Ronni Reich, 8/18/12

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"Barber of Seville"

“Chief honors go to artistic director Jason C. Tramm, who had assembled a fine orchestra and led a well coordinated, fresh-sounding reading of the score.”
Opera News, David Shengold, 6/3/12

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"Barber of Seville"

“Artistic director Jason Tramm projects an infectious enthusiasm and clearly has loyal fans—the bravos started at the end of the overture. Tramm led the orchestra in a full-bodied, effusive and dynamic rendition of the score.”
The Star Ledger, Ronni Reich, 6/4/12

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"The Creation"

“It was refreshing to hear the animated quality of the Great Auditorium Choir singing Haydn’s “Creation” oratorio at Ocean Grove’s Annual Sacred Masterwork concert at the Great Auditorium on Sunday… Led by director of music ministries Jason C. Tramm, the NJ State Opera Orchestra and the choir offered several vivid scenes of Haydn’s setting of texts from Genesis and Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”… with its access to both the nature and the spirituality depicted in the music, the vast and relatively casual space made for a compelling setting… the choir’s unflagging energy and infectious investment in the work helped to capture the magnitude of “The Creation.”
The Star Ledger, Ronni Reich, 8/31/10

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"Porgy and Bess"

“After four years of limited activity and rebuilding… the New Jersey State Opera roared back to mainstage activity with a magnificent realization of Porgy and Bess that deserved the thunderous standing ovation it won on May 23… we heard the NJ State Opera Orchestra in a well-coordinated and sweeping reading under artistic director Jason C. Tramm… Central to the sense of grandeur was the wonderful choral work. Ensemble was tight; dynamics and tone were excellent… The opera contained a tremendous feeling of a unified ensemble.”
Opera News, David Shengold, 6/2010

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“Jason Tramm Translates Masterworks of Music"

“Versatility is clearly a strong suit for conductor Jason Tramm. The Berkeley Heights resident performs a wide range of classical, Romantic and contemporary works as music director of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, the New Jersey State Opera, and Coro Lirico, a choral group specializing in concert opera performances. Somewhere in there, he also finds time to direct the Summit Music Festival.”
Star Ledger, Ronni Reich, 8/26/09

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“Man About Music Travels the State"

"New Jersey doesn't have a state music director, but it would seem that Jason Tramm is out to create the position, with the 34-year-old conductor putting a lot of miles on his car as he leads opera, choral and orchestral concerts from Morris County to Ocean Grove.”
Star Ledger, Bradley Bamberger, 5/8/09

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“Reinvigorated State Opera Stages Oceanside Concert"

"This afternoon of overtures and arias was a classy affair, with the lineup including some strong, internationally busy singers. The performances were as pleasurable as the sea breeze blowing through the hall... The talented Tramm continues to impress."
NJ Star Ledger, 9/15/08, Bradley Bamberger

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ramm’s leadership and conducting of the Verdi Requiem shared many of the same qualities that made Alfredo Silipigni such an admired rarity. Mr. Tramm’s overall handling of the chorus and orchestra’s line and phrasing was exemplary...He projected a firmly committed and fully evolved persona, sculpting beautiful architectural lines that crested and swelled within a dramatic framework of suppleness and driven energy...Mr. Tramm also drew every emotional facet out of this complex score, and one was duly impressed not only by his chorus but also by the balance and shapeliness he extracted from the orchestra- superb music making that was totally gratifying to the heart and ear.”
Classical New Jersey Society Website, John Hammel, 5/4

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“The Grandeur of Opera"

"When Coro Lirico sang, the audience was fully captured by the fullness of sound, by the expanse of expressivity, and the emotional lift a great chorus lends to an operatic scene...Tramm supplied many moments of subdued power in the performance. The “Voyagers” Chorus” from Idomeneo simply floated along the air. The “Chorus of the Scottish Refugees” from MacBeth was deeply emotional, and the final “Easter Hymn” from Cavalleria Rusticana built to its climax from the softest beginnings. All three were powerful evocations of grandeur. In short, Mr. Tramm and Coro Lirico gave a first-rate performance.”
The Classical New Jersey Society, Paul Somers, 5/4/07

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"Carmina Burana"

“All High Notes in Summit” (title) “The most striking thing about Friday’s performance was the quality of the musicianship... Tramm’s vigorous tempos propelled the score along...and elicited much rhythmic snap from all of the musicians.”
The Star Ledger, Bradley Bamberger, 7/31/06

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"Idomeneo"

“In the past we have seen Jason Tramm produce well-rehearsed and quite glorious choral sound with several choruses. But with Coro Lirico’s performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo, he has added a fine level of orchestral control to his palette. This is no mere choral conductor cluelessly leading instrumentalists who knew better than to look at the podium for any help. Mr. Tramm clearly knew his way around an orchestra and eschewed the often mushy hand movements of the choral director in favor of crisp, clear beats and definitive cues.”
The Classical New Jersey Society, Paul Somers, 4/7/06

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"Il Trovatore"

“There were some impressive improvements, namely a refreshingly vivacious and well-drilled chorus prepped by new Chorus Master Jason Tramm...The company’s newly reconstituted chorus offered a vigorous and satisfying version (of the Anvil Chorus), and the nun’s chorus from Act II, delivered by a superb women’s chorus, conducted by Mr. Tramm in the pit, was tender and luminous.”
The Star Ledger, Willa Conrad, 6/13/05

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“Anvil Chorus”

“The choral singing was notably clean and well-prepared. The efforts of this fine chorus were carried off with excellent intonation and aplomb. Kudos especially for a powerfully rendered “Anvil Chorus” and the spun quality of the women’s voices in the Act II nun’s chorus."
Opera News, Reviewed by David Shengold , 6/05

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