GUGLIELMO - COSI FAN TUTTE - OPERA VIVENTE 
“John Dooley offered lithe acting and colorful singing as Guglielmo.” 
Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun


RIFF - WEST SIDE STORY - ASH LAWN OPERA FESTIVAL

“Riff, [was] played by John Dooley...his beautiful, warm voice made him a favorable singer.” 
Melissa Sumner, The Daily Progress 


DR. MALATESTA - DON PASQUALE - TULSA OPERA STUDIO

“John Dooley, as the duplicitous Dr. Malatesta, sang with a suave authority and proved to be as vocally nimble as [Daniel] Webb with their duet on Pasquale’s rapid fire patter song of revenge.” - James D. Watts Jr, Tulsa World


FRONTINO - L’EQUIVOCO STRAVAGANTE - BRONX OPERA (US premiere)

“Mezzo Andrea Arena and baritone John Dooley made their marks as servants who abet the happy pair.” - Bruce-Michael Gelbert - Theaterscene.net


DR. MALATESTA - DON PASQUALE - OPERA THEATRE OF NORTHERN VA

“John Dooley was smoothly urbane as the manipulative Malatesta hatcher of the plot to bring Pasquale down a notch or three.” - Mark J. Estren, The Washington Post


YAMADORI - MADAMA BUTTERFLY - TULSA OPERA

“John Dooley as Prince Yamadori [was] good in [his] brief role.” 
James D. Watts Jr, Tulsa World


GUGLIELMO - COSI FAN TUTTE - OPERA THEATRE OF NORTHERN VA

“Baritone, John Dooley brought a smooth and supple voice and a confident, even swaggering, stage presence to the role of Guglielmo.”
Charles T. Downey, ionarts


ASHMODEUS - TOBIAS AND THE ANGEL - OPERA VIVENTE (US premiere)

“John Dooley...made Ashmodeus suitably creepy” 
Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun

“Countertenor David Walker as the angel Raphael and tenor Kenneth Gayle as Tobias may have been the stars of the story, but I was spellbound by baritone John Dooley's performance as literally a handsome devil, Ashmodeus. Dooley was suitably wicked, and some credit must go to the costume and makeup also, but what capped his portrayal was the hissing!” 
Clayton G. Koonce, Operatically Inclined

“I've been looking forward all season to hear countertenor David Walker in the role of the angel Raphael... but I came away tonight more intrigued by the role of the demon Ashmodeus as portrayed by the good-looking baritone John Dooley. I think we consider the demon Mephistopheles, either in his literary or operatic guise, as something of a figure of glamour, but one that we admire from a vantage point of safety while recognizing him to be not exactly someone to emulate or follow. The figure of Ashmodeus in Dove's opera is like that, but we're dealing with a palpably more dangerous demon here. Whether the oversized armored codpiece of the costume was an object of ridicule or an unmistakable signal of this demon's special character is up to the beholder--I mostly went with the latter--but the whole costume really helped to flesh out an ancient biblical terror with a touch of that Mephistophelean glamour.  Dooley's demonic facial expressions and movements were a mixture of wickedness and beauty, too.
- Clayton G. Koonce, Operatically Inclined


SOLOIST - “BEST OF SONDHEIM” - UTAH SYMPHONY 

“A quartet of younger singers...also handled a wide assortment of roles with aplomb. Aaron Pegram, Jamie Van Eyck and John Dooley were delightful in "Opening Doors" from "Merrily We Roll Along."
Catherine Reese Newton, The Salt Lake Tribune

“Also of note were the four young vocalists -- John Dooley, Aaron Pegram, Kathryn Skemp and Jamie Van Eyck who filled in as a supporting cast throughout the show. Their performances were on par with the featured artists.” 
- Jessica Harrison, Deseret Morning News


SCHAUNARD - LA BOHEME - OPERA FRESCA

“The two other friends were vibrantly sung by bass Bryan Boyce (Wisconsin) as the philosopher Colline and John Dooley (Virginia) as the musician Schaunard.” 
Debbie L. Holmer, Advocate-News/Mendocino Beacon


DR. MALATESTA - DON PASQUALE - AMARILLO OPERA

“John Dooley, who played Dr. Malatesta, kept up the high energy level.”
Chester Rosson, Texas Monthly - July 2007

“ Dr. Malatesta was played by John Dooley from Northern Virginia. His mellow baritone voice was commanding on the lyric arias, and his facility on the numerous melismatic passages was exceptional. John was a steady presence on stage never flinching to my sometimes freneticism and often-faltering attempts at feeding him the correct cues. He was great in the first rehearsal and never took a step back.” - Jeryl Hoover - jerylhoover.com


Barihunks WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009
Another Up and Coming Barihunk: John Dooley
“In our continuing series of introducing the next generation of barihunks, meet John Dooley....”
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PAPAGENO - THE MAGIC FLUTE - OPERA VIVENTE

“The most pronounced and entertaining Bawlmer element in OV's "Flute" is a Papageno who has been turned into a nerdy Orioles fan peddling team souvenirs. The character is nowhere more colorful than when, singing about finding an ideal wife, he punctuates his aria with perfectly timed flips of the lids on Natty Boh cans.  John Dooley had a romp as Papageno.  His endearing characterization carried the Baltimore concept along nicely. The baritone's vocal contributions were a decided asset as well.”- Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun - Clef Notes 

“Baritone John Dooley was the over-the-top comic Papageno here, demonstrating wonderful versatility after his demonic-erotic Ashmodeus in Opera Vivente's production of Jonathan Dove's "Tobias and the Angel" in a recent season.” - Clayton G. Koonce, Felis pushkini 


LEPORELLO - DON GIOVANNI - OPERA VIVENTE

“John Dooley vibrantly captured Leporello’s mannerisms and presence giving life to the score vocally.” - Karyl Charna Lynn, Opera Now - Jan/Feb 2009

“John Dooley’s Leporello was a vivid presence theatrically and vocally, inhabiting the role as surely as he animated the score.” - Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun


LYSANDER - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM OPERA: A CAPPELLA - 
OPERA MEMPHIS/PLAYHOUSE ON THE SQUARE (world premiere)

“John Dooley brought a warm, supple baritone and an unusually lustful characterization to Lysander” - Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal



PRESS

GUGLIELMO - COSI FAN TUTTE - OPERA PICCOLA SAN ANTONIO 
“John Dooley as Guglielmo [was] especially skilled at hamming it up.
Jack Fishman, Jack Fishman on Classical Music: a mySA.com blog


MAJOR GENERAL - PIRATES OF PENZANCE - OPERA ROANOKE

“John Dooley shone as the Major-General... The faux-ballet Dooley contributed to "Sighing Softly," a lilting parlor-song parody that was worth the price of admission.”
- Michael Saffle, The Roanoke Times


CAPTAIN VON TRAPP - THE SOUND OF MUSIC - AZ BROADWAY THEATER

"John’s voice is so powerful and robust filling the auditorium in a way no other male performer in the show can, he’s a pleasure to hear. - David Appleford, Valley Screen & Stage:

“The moment Dooley opens his mouth to sing, the audience can’t help but sit up and take notice.” - Doris Nehrbass, Examiner.com


ANTHONY HOPE - SWEENEY TODD - OPERA ROANOKE

"The youthful earnestness and innocence of the young lovers, Anthony Hope and Johanna, are captured nicely by John Dooley (baritone) and Brooke Tolley (lyric coloratura soprano), performances that offer the perfect counterpoint to the surrounding depravity.”
- Gordon Marsh, The Roanoke Times