La forza del destino

Keith Chambers, the company’s director, is also its conductor.  The intensity of the overture proved contagious and the ensembles (the concertato at Hornachuelos, at the abbey, in the soldiers’ camp) held together nicely.  His choices of snips to make to keep the running time below four hours escaped the vigilance of all but the pedantic; the result flowed most impressively. His taste in scores to revive and singers to perform them is exceptional. With the loss of OONY, he fills a niche. I hope word spreads of his success and that other such occasions result. 

- John Yohalem,

The orchestra, directed by Keith Chambers, had many great moments including the overture, which had a buoyant tempo. Chambers gave the small chamber orchestra the power needed for each duet, giving the music the rhythmic accuracy that Verdi requires.           

- Francisco Salazar, OperaWire

Mr. Chambers led the driving overture with gusto, a persistent energy that anticipated the return of its great themes throughout the score. This performance employed an orchestra (with just two cellos and one bass) but that proved ideal for the intimate black box theater and more importantly, did not drown out the singers.                                                                     

- Paul Pelkonen, Superconductor


We consider it ambitious to have tackled Fidelio, Beethoven's sole opera; thanks to some fine and highly accurate conducting as well as some excellent casting, the night was a huge success. The large church was filled to capacity and the standing ovation impressive. Musical values were so high that sets and costumes were not missed.

Voce di Meche

Conductor Keith Chambers led the New Amsterdam Opera Orchestra in a viable,well prepared and moreover well-played performance throughout.

- Robert Lombardo, Artist Manager

Keith Chambers conducts Beethoven so beautifully and with perfect passion

- Clint Borzoni, composer

Le nozze di Figaro

This provided new revelations of...just how effective Maestro Chambers' conducting is. His style is restrained and not at all theatrical and there is a terrific rapport with the instrumentalists.

Voce di meche

The Pirates of Penzance

Chambers got mostly taut and carefully scaled playing from a compact ensemble…which without a recessed pit made plenty of sound.

- Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

Giulio Cesare

Keith Chambers superbly executed.  His accompanying of the recitatives was both solidly supportive and unobtrusive.  His brilliant performance of the Overture, with its fiery conclusion, drew applause, and for his bow, a standing ovation.

- Halifax Chronicle-Herald

Don Pasquale

Apart from some early disagreements over Donizetti's dotted rhythms, conductor Keith Chambers got secure playing.

- Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

Man of La Mancha

The splendid pit band – winds, brass, and percussion, with guitar and double bass – was led with keen attentiveness by Keith Chambers.

- John Lambert, Classical Voice of North Carolina

Roméo et Juliette

The conductor was Keith Chambers, who is in demand with opera companies; seeing him in action, it is easy to see why. He paid rapt attention to the principals, at times mouthed the words of the text as a prompter might, and showed particular sensitivity in accompanying both choral passages and arias. "Juliette’s Waltz" was exquisite, with the orchestra being delayed an infinitesimal amount so that the soprano’s attack stood out above the accompaniment.  

- Asheville Citizen Times

La finta giardiniera

Keith Chambers led the performance… Mozart's arias were filled with fresh musical characterization.

- Charles Ward, Houston Chronicle

- Asheville Citizen Times

South Pacific

Keith Chambers conducts the production. On Friday, his support of the singers was well-illustrated by the deftness of the accompaniment to "Some Enchanted Evening." The small but polished orchestra created just the right atmosphere to evoke the charm of Bali Ha'i (the island as well as the song).

- Jay Harvey, Indianapolis Jay Harvey Upstage