Others

Gounod

Valentin in Faust

New Orleans Opera

“Baritone Weston Hurt, as Valentin, Marguerite’s overprotective brother, was as convincing in his role as his other onstage counterparts. Sacrificing his life to defend her honor, he tugged at the audience’s heartstrings, even when he was dying and cursing Marguerite for the sin she committed during his absence on the battlefront.”
- Dean M. Shapiro, New Orleans Advocate

 

Korngold

Frank in Die tote Stadt

Dallas Opera

"As the voices of sanity, Katharine Tier and especially Weston Hurt (Frank) sang with depth and subtlety. Frank, the steady guide, warns Paul that he has been wasting his time on dreams and phantoms ("Du bist ein Träumer, / bist ein Geisterseher…. Du schwärmst für ein Phantom"). Hurt's resonant baritone here conveyed sadness and helpfulness."
– Willard Spiegelman, Opera News

"When baritone Weston Hurt is onstage as Paul’s friend, his rich, resonant voice undergirds the mystery of the piece."
– Arnold Wayne Jones, Dallas Voice

"There are two secondary characters that also require great vocal heft and solid techniques. Weston Hurt is marvelous as Paul’s best friend, Frank. He is more of a Verdi baritone than a Wagnerian singer, but this performance certainly speaks well for his continued presence in this repertoire. He is effective in portraying Paul’s “only foot in reality” as well as the evil traitor (he seduces Marietta) that he becomes in Paul’s feverish dream. "
– Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones

"Baritone Weston Hurt and mezzo-soprano Katharine Tier likewise turned in impressive performances in the secondary but also forbiddingly difficult roles of Frank and Brigitta, respectively. The complexity of the orchestra part and the huge vocal challenges of the piece are probably the main reasons that Die tote Stadt has been neglected in America, making this Dallas production all the more significant."
– Wayne Lee Gay, D Magazine

"The rest of the ensemble was equally strong. The difficult role of Frank is played by Weston Hurt. He’s the caring friend who also falls for Marietta’s charms and therefore became Paul’s rival. Hurt expresses this conflict so realistically the audience easily sympathizes with him. He uses his beautiful baritone instrument to its full extent, and his singing quality not only services the score but illuminates his emotional state. He is enthralling."
– Mark-Brian Sonna, The Column

New York City Opera

"Weston Hurt was rock solid as Frank."
– Fred Kirshnit, The New York Sun

 

Humperdinck

Peter in Hansel and Gretel

Portland Opera

"Soprano Elizabeth Byrne sang the Mother with Wagnerian power and Straussian intensity. Baritone Weston Hurt, as the Father, matched her force and had the cast's clearest diction in David Pountney's English version."
– Mark Mandel, Opera News


PORTopera

"Weston Hurt, who sang Peter, the father, was a presence even before he stepped on stage. He began his solo from off-stage, but his powerful baritone voice carried throughout the hall. Once on stage, I couldn't look away. He was expressive in voice and in body. His first drunken interaction with Maria Zifchak, who sang Gertrude, the mother, was so casual, funny, and callous, just the way a husband would converse with his wife after a few too many sips from the jug."
– Emily Parkhurst, Classical Voice of New England

"Weston Hurt's Peter was sung in a fervent, virile baritone."
– Adam Wasserman, Opera News