Nyle Wolfe
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"letter of recomendation"

Dear Fellow Presenter:

It is both an honor and a privilege to recommend for your consideration and hopeful selection, Mr. Nyle Wolfe.

Please know that this past September, Mr. Nyle Wolfe performed as our headliner at Mission San Juan Capistrano’s highly acclaimed “Romance of the Mission 2008” gala fundraiser. This is an annual black tie event to raise funds for the preservation of a California landmark. Attendees and supporters of this event are highly engaged and expect the highest quality of food, beverage service, and entertainment. Each year we strive to set the bar higher with this event, as it has come to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from Orange County’s most generous donors.

As part of this magical evening, Mr. Wolfe sang to a captivated and sold out audience of nearly 500. This was a fundraiser where tables of ten were sold for $12,000 and individual ticket prices were $300 each. The special concert also marked its fifth year making it very important that the milestone provided a magical experience.

The elegant event begins with a “welcome reception” for gala attendees who wait with great anticipation in the Mission’s front courtyard to get the best seat within the historic ruins in which to enjoy the performer. Anticipation for an excellent event is always at an all time high. Disappointment or anything less than “perfect” is not an option. The highest quality of performance has been set in previous years by artists such as Mr. Michael Amante, Mr. Michael Feinstein and Ms. Melissa Manchester.

Following the “welcome reception”, Mr. Wolfe sang his heart out to help support raising funds and awareness for the need to preserve the Mission. Mr. Wolfe sang such songs as Danny Boy, Granada and La Mer---- and showed a great variety in his skill and talent as a baritone. He masterfully incorporated well known songs into his repertoire while introducing lesser known songs from great artists to his audience. While doing so Nyle moved the audience through a very tight 45 minute performance without appearing rushed or even as if he was moving his song list efficiently. He executed his song list with such charm, wit, and elegance that time stood still for those that had the chance to observe him.

I would acknowledge that while most artists of this level can be wonderful performers, however, there are times when some can be more challenging to coordinate and communicate with. We were most fortunate, for in addition to his excellence as a performer; the entire process of booking Mr. Wolfe, preparing for his sound check and arrival, to carrying out the post concert “meet the artist reception” was easy and fun. Nyle was a delight to work with on all levels because he brings a positive sense of energy and commitment to making sure his performance is “just perfect.” He takes care to communicate his concerns and needs and is very much dedicated to the success of his host venue.

After his performance our Mission staff experienced a “let down” because we had to bid him farewell. The long awaited delivery of such a fine performance exceeded all of our expectations, and for that Mr. Wolfe has found a permanent source of appreciation and respect from all of us who got the chance to work with him closely.

Finally, after all is said and done, one should measure the artists’ success by the public’s response to him or her. Let it suffice to say that

concert goers claimed him “spectacular” – “charming”- “engaging” and “fabulous”. The list goes on and on. The best word of praise I can share with you is to highly recommend him as your performer. You will not be disappointed.

Please call me with questions or concerns as you make your decision regarding Mr. Wolfe.


Mechelle Lawrence Adams

Mechelle Lawrence-Adams

Executive Director

Mission San Juan Capistrano, "the jewel of the missions"

26801 Ortega Highway

San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
- mission san juan capistrano


Barber of Seville
THE Opera 2005 presentation of Rossini's comic masterpiece is the best-integrated production of opera I have attended. Every last detail 'has been thought through by the gifted team of director, conductor, set de¬signer, lighting director, set construc¬tor and stage management team, re¬sulting in a unanimity of intent and vision that allowed the cast to enter¬tain us as Rossini would have wished.
Sung in Robert David MacDonald's brilliantly witty English translation, this is pantomime from beginning to end, but played in a mixture of slap¬stick and film-like techniques. The police are Keystone Kops, Figaro (Nyle Wolfe) is a Woody Alien looka-like, and Peter Sellers Inspector Clouseau informs Bartolo's (Martin Higgins) role. It is hilariously funny and a musical delight.
From the moment Kevin Mallon raises his baton, the orchestral sound is superb and the overture prepares us for the excellence to come. Fiorello (Brendan Collins) sings and directs the stage "band" most musically. I would have welcomed bigger voices than those of Marion Newman (Rosina) and Nicholas Ransley (Count Almavi-va) but could not fault their playing or, indeed, their singing of Una voce poco fa or their duet Ah che d'amore.
Wolfe was a splendid Figaro. His high baritone voice has mellowed, his diction is magnificent and his comic timing perfectly judged. Deryck Ha-mon's Don Basiho was a vocal and comedic delight but, for me, Higgins' portrayal of Bartolo was perfect.
An excellent chorus and two mimes, who dress the stage delightful¬ly, complete the cast.
Declan Townsend Irish Examiner
- Irish Examiner


© The Irish Times
Barber of Seville at the Cork Opera House
The Arts Council is still dragging its feet about the recommendations of its own Opera Working Group, which concluded its work last year. So, although the council's policy director, Séamus Crimmins, could point out in its wake that "prioritising opera in 2006 would be desirable," the major intervention is not to be expected until 2008.
On the plus side is the fact that the council, after turning down a funding request for 2005, has this year given revenue funding to Cork's new opera company, Opera 2005, which was set up to capitalise on Cork's year in the sun as European Capital of Culture.
An opera company for Cork may seem like an extravagant idea. But Reykjavik, capital of a country with a total population of 288,000 (as against the 448,000 of Co Cork), supports an opera company which mounts twice the number of performances of Opera Ireland, and has Stravinsky's Rake's Progress and Thomas Adès's Powder Her Face in its current season.
Opera 2005 sticks to more mainstream fare, and its latest offering of Rossini's Barber of Seville, using Robert David MacDonald's English translation, opened at the Cork Opera House.
The new production brings Rossini into the world of silent-movie slapstick. Conor Murphy's setting looking like the back of a studio lot, and opportunity is found to reference a megaphone, a wind-up gramophone, pie-throwing, and the Keystone Kops. Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess's sight gags stream along on the basis that if you don't like any particular one, you won't have to wait long to sample another.
The manic capering may freeze into a tableau vivant from time to time, but most of it is hyper-active, adding to the strangely ineffective frenetic feel that almost inevitably comes from Italian patter translated into English.
The biggest burden of cavorting falls on the rotund Bartolo of Martin Higgins, whose energy level remains unflaggingly high, with Marion Newman slender and sly as the object of his affection, Rosina.
Nicholas Ransley's rather aloof and thin-toned Count goes effectively through his disguises, and although the busyness of the production prevents Nyle Wolfe's Figaro from achieving any real semblance of mastery over the unfolding situation, his vocal command and stylish musical delivery set a standard that the rest of the cast simply do not reach.
Opera 2005's artistic director Kevin Mallon conducts, but doesn't show the same kind of connection with Rossini as he did last year in Mozart's Figaro's Wedding. There are numerous felicitous touches, but he often seems unbending, unwilling to flex with the spirit of the music and the needs of the singers.
It was surprising, too, that he tolerated the musical blot of the overloud, electronic sounding harpsichord continuo of the opening night.
Michael Dervan
- Irish Times


NCH John Field Room

{TABLE} Liederkreis Op 39 ........................... Schumann Three Songs Op 10 ............................ Barber Old American Songs ........................... Copland {/TABLE} OF the many recitals I have heard from young Irish singers, that given by Nyle Wolfe (baritone) last Wednesday night was among the most engaging. With David Wray (piano), he presented a well devised programme of songs by Schumann, Barber and Copland.
Wolfe has a sensitive appreciation of texts and he understands that, with such masters of declamatory setting as Schumann and Copland, the text, no less than line, should define shape. So, in Schumann's Liederkreis Op. 39, he was alive to textual nuance and was not seduced by beauty of line.
In that music, at least, it might have been better if he had occasionally succumbed, for this rather melancholy collection went rather too much line by line. The consequent fragmentary effect was not helped by David Wray's over absorption with detail nor by his occasional lagging behind Wolfe's drive.
A much more complete result was achieved in the two sets of American songs by Barber and Copland. Throughout, I would have welcomed a more combative approach from David Wray but in these English language settings Wray was at his strongest and Wolfe at his most persuasive.
This was my first experience of Nyle Wolfe and I was struck by the consistently pleasing quality of his voice. In the Old American Songs Copland pillages, with characteristic virtuosity, styles ranging from Stephen Foster through white folk song to negro spirituals. Wolfe handled these with a range of colour and a confidence not seen in the Schumann. He did likewise in his Percy French encores. He could earn a living doing music as easy as the French, but he has the equipment to do more.

- Irish Times


Moodswings 2007
Home Ground 2009




“His vocal command and stylish musical delivery set
a standard that the others…cannot reach” Irish Times

“Absolutely gorgeous…a fantastic singer” Fran Curry TippFM

“Wonderful, I love it” Oldies and Irish 96FM

“Splendid” Cork Examiner “Seriously Smoochy” Liz Nolan Lyric FM

“Fantastic...A breath of fresh air” George Jones U105

“Incredible” Chris Needs BBC Radio Wales

Nyle Wolfe is one of the most talked about Irish singers, his unique passionate vocal ability inspires and soothes. A dedicated artist he has had a residency in the international operatic and concert scene for most of his life. His enviable resume of live performances is enhanced by a number of recordings including two solo albums, “Home ground” and “Moodswings” and collaborations for Naxos, BBC, RTE and Sony.

In nostalgic live performances that stir the imagination, he sings a compilation of songs from Ireland, the swing era, Broadway and opera revisited in beautiful café orchestra settings. Half forgotten hits such as Al Dubin’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” sit elegantly with perennials such as “A Nightingale sang in Berkley Square”, Irish favourites such as “Danny Boy” and Molly Malone” and opera highlights including a unique rendition of Rossini’s aria for Figaro from the Barber of Seville. The engaging collection sung in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian showcases Wolfe’s luxurious baritone and his sensitive musical understanding.

Wolfe sang his first concert at the tender age of 6 performing “White Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” in his local Catholic Church. His introduction to theatre audiences soon followed at the Mayflower in Southampton in the Gilbert and Sullivan’s “the Gondoliers”. Answering a simple “sing and get paid for it” ad in the local newspaper led to is professional debut in Cork’s Opera House. He graduated London’s Royal Academy of Music with their highest award and won a scholarship to complete his training at Zurich’s prestigious International Opera Studio. He has honed a reputation as one of the most talented vocalists of his generation. He has sung for monarchs and presidents including Queen Elizabeth II and Bill Clinton as well as Ireland’s own Mary Robinson.

Stylish and charming, Wolfe is the eldest of six children. Always encouraged by their parents to follow their dreams both he and three of his siblings are employed in the entertainment industry. He regularly works on outreach programs for children and has a strong relationship with his local community. An accomplished web designer and chef he planned and built his family home in Co Limerick, Ireland where he resides with his wife and three children