The Zurga was Michael Todd Simpson. His baritone is a strong lyric instrument, which he used to color the text well in his arias and duets. His final aria and scene built from frustration into a willful attempt at "taking" Leïla. Despite the formidable singing of his colleagues, Simpson nearly stole the show: the ovation he received at the end was richly deserved.

Opera News, September 23, 2010

Full review of Opera Cleveland’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles here.