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Margaret Darby

Alfio (José Sacin) showed the strength to be easily able to be heard above the full orchestra. Opera Delaware - Cavalleria Rusticana

DC Theatre Scene

José Sacin, already known for his galvanizing performances, and members of the ZarzuelaDiSi opera company have combined forces to produce this rarely heard gem, written in the early 20th century and first produced in 1930. The musical direction supplied by Sacin, the man with the baritone voice of velvet gold, proves the results to be warmly rich, and rewarding musically. Musical director Jose Sacin adds musical numbers in both Acts I and II, something often done in nineteenth century zarzuelas to please audiences. One wonderful add-in occurs at the start of Act II. Sacin as Father Lucas asks “Are you suggesting I’m boring?” to answer a needling taunt from Father Prior, sung by bass-baritone Eduardo Castro, about not having a sense of humor. The “toast aria,” or “Jerez,” (celebrating Spanish “Sherry”) from Don Gil de Alcala, is a delightful duet, sung between Lucas and Prior with matching zest and verve. Then in Act II, Sacin, who will sing the role of Father Lucas throughout the run, shares some combative, interactive moments in his amazingly controlled sung crescendo with accompanist Michael Crabill at the piano. In a borrowed aria, “La Lluvia ha cesado,” (“The Rain has ceased,” from Ruperto Chapi’s zarzuela La Tempestad, ) Lucas wrestles with his subconscious to control his uncontrollable passions. The piece was a show-stopper on opening night.

Opera-L

Baritone José Sacin was a sexy and physically imposing Alfio. His voice was equally masculine and imposing, and he displayed easy and penetrating top notes, which he was constantly required to employ on his entrance aria “Schiocchi la frustra”. He was cold and frightening when he told Turiddu that he would be waiting for him down in the orchard.

DC Theather Scene

In his first stunning aisle entrance, baritone Jose Sacin’s ringing voice is hypnotic as he sings the memorable, “My Village” “Mi aldea.” “How my soul is reborn/by seeing you once more, my home!” Robustly sung straight to the audience, in a confrontational style, Sacin’s solidly secure baritone voice captures the homesick yearning of a rich, aging man, who’s basically an honest, good person, returning to the village of his youth in Spain. We love him; but soon dislike him. Once a poor boy, Juan is now “rich and powerful,” laden with gold and silver from Peru. Yet he is oddly sad and willing to sacrifice his soul over the loss of his life’s love—the beautiful Adriana....And Juan, as depicted by Sacin, nails you to your seat in a strong portrayal of endurance through suffering, important to convey as groundwork for the upbeat ending that brings satisfying closure.

Concerto Net

Sacin, in the role of the Father in Hansel and Gretel, is a convincing actor and delivered his part with impeccably clear diction.

Allarts Review 4 U

The singers all had lovely voices but only Sacin communicated and made you feel his sadness when he sang "Love, life of my life! How Sad it is to say goodbye!". Absolutely mesmerized! Sorry he didn't have more to do .

http://dctheatrescene.com/2008/05/27/luisa-fernanda/

"Opening night at the Mexican Cultural Institute buzzed with excitement and anticipation. The grand staircase, lined with towering wall murals, invites you into Pan-American history. It’s a great venue for the charismatic baritone Josê Sacin, who is well-known locally in the Latino community as an opera singer with the stage presence of a lion and an impressive vocal range. In mid-April, his voice of liquid gold was heard soloing in the Papal mass at the Nationals Stadium. If that credit, among his many, doesn’t impress you, then take note of his talent as a dynamic, local leader in the music world. He’s the Artistic Director of Zarzuela Di Si which is behind this pared-to-the-core staging of Federico Moreno Torroba’s musically gorgeous drama Luisa Fernanda. Along with a large cast of blossoming Latino performers from all over, Sacin sings the Vidal Hernando role from his soul. The experience is uniformly glorious. You don’t want to miss the lyrics, such as the pin drop moment when Sacin sings with great passion, “…for someone you love,/you fight with love,/you die with joy.” You don’t want to miss a word."

Allarts Review 4 U - Bob Anthony

The wonderful surprise of the evening was Mr. Jose Sacin who, previously a singing tenor, found his superb baritone range with the Toreador song from "Carmen". The room rang with luscious baritone sounds and resonances that was power driven...with this number he qualifies for lead roles in first rate opera companies...He retrieved himself earlier with his perfect articulation and quality in his duet of the "Pearl Fishers".

Opera-L

Director Jose Sacin brought together some of the best Latino singers in DC for a wonderful performance, where everyone sang impressively, not to mention the chorus of 17. This was a big crowd, along with the kids, to fit on one small stage. My only regret is that there was just ONE performance of this work, and at this time, none of you will have the opportunity to see it again!

Celebrating Sacred Rhythms. NAXOS Recording. Review by Michael Cookson

Peruvian singer, José Sacin performs the solo in the third movement. In The Nativity José Sacin is wonderfully natural and warm. The velvety voice heard over the female choir and low drum is marvelously done. The voice of José Sacin is especially characterful; the pick of the three soloists.

La Nacion - Costa Rica

Liricos Sudamericanos

The Washington Post

Jose Sacin...sang admirably and gave a fine performance in the lyrical "El Nacimiento" ("The Nativity"). The Choral Arts Society at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

eMedia Wire

Mr. Sacin indeed did have an excellent voice and performed with appropriate sensitivity and dynamic range.

The Washington Post

Beautifully rounded sound.

The Washington Post

The soloists were all excellent, notably Jose Sacin, who found the pathos in an aria from "Eugene Onegin".

Opera-L

Mr. Sacin bowled us over with a brilliant rendition of an aria from Eugene Onegin. It bothered me that I missed his performance in the role locally just a month or so ago!

The Washington Post

Jose Sacin was impetuous in Eugene Onegin.

The Washington Post

Excellent support was provided by Amy Kwon as Kassandra and Jose Sacin as Aegisthus.

Washington Post

Altman brought out Peruvian opera singer Jose Sacin for a stirring "Besame Mucho."

Noticias de Navarra - Costa Rica

Entre los artistas de mayor renombre que llegarán al país sobresalen la soprano rusa Olga Chernisheva, el baritono peruano José Sacin, el Intermezzo Cómico de Chicago (EEUU) y la pianista argentina Ana María Trenchi. Costa Rica se convertirá en el centro mundial de la mejor música clásica

Montclair Times

Jose Sacin performs an evening of Spanish music at Montclair University

The Tico Times - Costa Rica

"Jose Sacin may be an addition to the list of Peru's great singers, based on his rendition of some arias from the standard repertory; he is due to appear in Moscow in a few months, and he is bound to be a success there, as his singing of Russian arias was exceptional."

The Washington Post

Sacin has a good grasp of the Spanish melodic embellishments.

The Washington Post

Sacin's voice has a velvety nap and nice variety of color.

The Capital, Annapolis, MD

Sacin demonstrated he has wickedly high notes that stop the show.

State Magazine. United States Department of State.

Splendid voice.