Bach St. John Passion/Emmanuel Music (Evangelist)

Singing with firm, tireless, ardent tones, and idiomatic German, he elucidated Christ’s Passion as if speaking to us directly, while evoking the late Karl Dan Sorensen, the go-to Evangelist in Boston for decades. And his recitatives, wetted with the extremely flexible, sensitive, and nuanced continuo playing of cellist Rafael Popper-Keizer, contrabass Randall Zigler, and organist Michael Beattie, filled half of the oratorio’s 100+ minutes with shining zeal.

Lee Eiseman, Boston Musical Intelligencer

In the taxing role of the Evangelist, tenor Charles Blandy sang with bracing clarity of tone and excellent diction. His understanding and shaping of the part’s texts—especially the lengthy narrations over the latter half of Part 2—were vigorously realized, particularly their handful of extended melismas.

Jonathan Blumhofer, Boston Classical Review