The Metroplitan Opera - La traviata
Steven White was in the pit the night I attended. He, too, is an American, and he was making his Met debut. He conducted La traviata with knowledge, sensitivity, and security.
Jay Nordlinger, The New Criterion, May 2010
Steven White made his Met debut as conductor of La traviata, one of four men dividing that task this season. He sounded like a veteran, pacing the opera effectively during most scenes and deftly accommodating the soprano during her indulgences.
Steve Cohen, The Opera Critic, April 2010
Opera Roanoke - Wagner Highlights Concert
White consistently gets great results from the RSO, and Saturday night was no exception. The overture to "Die Meistersinger" was thrilling: full-bodied, noble, magnificent. The tremendous crescendo to the finish was breath taking and evoked immediate yells of approval.
Seth Williamson, The Roanoke Times
Nashville Opera - Tosca
Steven White smoothly conducts the stellar players from Nashville Symphony in Puccini's poetic score.
Evans Donnell, The Tennessean
Fort Worth Opera - Lucia di Lammermoor
"Steven White's passionate pacing squeezed every drop of excitement and pathos from the score."
Opera News, September 2008
Vancouver Opera - Lucia di Lammermoor
"Conductor Steven White elicited a warm, rich sound from the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, at times giving a performance of white-heat intensity, particularly in the sextet and final scene."
The Review, October 2000
Michigan Opera Theatre - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
"Under the baton of conductor Steven White, the orchestra sounded appropriately light, lively and passionate."
Opera News, August, 2007
Baltimore Opera - L'Assedio di Corinto
Steven White conducted exceptionally well: Rossini created some wonderful music here, mostly dark but occasionally triumphant, and White paced it to perfection and let the singers carry the day, as they should in bel canto.
The Washington Post, October 2006
Steven White, who coaxed mostly smooth playing from the orchestra, conducted with a sure sense of melodic contour and rhythmic flexibility. He also prepared the edition of the score, borrowing a little from Maometto II, which was the precursor to The Siege of Corinth, and an aria for Futral from a much earlier Rossini opera. By and large, the result was a musically cohesive version of an opera that deserves to be better known - and to receive the benefit of more theatrical fire.
The Baltimore Sun, October 2006
New York City Opera - La bohme
"The always-reliable City Opera orchestra played their hearts out in this score, which they do on a regular basis. I was very appreciative of conductor Steven White's decision to let this music breathe. It was the undercurrent that made Musetta's waltz (and its swelling reprise) so moving. Rather than treat this music like a cliche, Maestro White played it as if we were hearing it for the first time."
New York Sun, March 14, 2006
Baltimore Opera - La sonnambula
"White kept stage and pit in sync and had the orchestra playing with a stylish touch and applied telling fire to the most dramatic moments of the score."
Opera News, February 2006
"The orchestra played firmly for Steven White, whose assured conducting revealed obvious affection for Bellini's score."
The Baltimore Sun, November 14, 2005
"Thankfully, conductor Steven White kept everything on track, continually eliciting colorful music and artistry."
The Washington Post, November 2005
Baltimore Opera - I puritani
"So it was during Saturday night's opener of the Baltimore production, thanks in large measure to the starry efforts of soprano Elizabeth Futral and tenor Gregory Kunde in the lead roles, and the uncommonly sensitive guidance of conductor Steven White. Except for a sadly wayward horn soloist, the orchestra was a full-fledged partner in the performance, which White shaped with an incisive appreciation for drama-enhancing nuance and rhythmic flexibility. Too bad he had to sanction some time-saving cuts in the score. This was one night when I would have gladly heard every note."
The Baltimore Sun, November 2004
Wolf Trap Opera - L'elisir d'amore
"On July 28, Steven White conducted a snappy performance that didn't slight the score's sweet moments or miss opportunities to apply some gentle rubato."
Opera News Online, October 2004
"On Wednesday night, Steven White, who will lead Baltimore Opera's performances of Bellini's I Puritani in November, conducted a snappy performance that didn't slight the score's sweet moments."
The Baltimore Sun, July 2004
Sarasota Opera - Werther
"Steven White led a performance that confirmed impressions of Sarasota's orchestra as an excellent pit band and deftly balanced Massenet's delicate orchestra textures against his stormier outbursts."
Financial Times, March 2004
"The orchestra, conducted by Steven White, gave superb support throughout the evening."
Sarasota Arts & Living, March 2004
"As conducted by Steven White, the opera moved smoothly from the expository first act through to an emotionally charged final death scene...the ensuing result in this Sarasota Opera production is gripping."
Venice Gondolier Sun, March 2004
Opera Colorado - La Traviata
"Conductor Steven White does a first-rate job in the pit, superbly pacing this production and animating the ensemble scenes. His skills at accompaniment are especially evident in this aria (Ah fors' lui...Sempre libera), as he allows Futral to minutely shape the aria in her own way and makes sure the orchestra is right with her every step of the way."
The Denver Post, May, 2004