as Samson in Samson et Dalila @ Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
Internationally renowned tenor Michael Hendrick... a very sympathetic, deeply emotional, finely characterized hero. His voice is one of great strength, distinctly lyrical. For his big scene, Hendrick spewed forth power, frustration and heart-breaking misery. He stunned the audience with a thunderous high B-flat as Samson brought down the temple.
Critic Charles H. Parsons caught the imagery brilliantly in his review of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra's concert performance of Saint-Saëns' "Samson et Dalila" Jan. 20 at Florence Baptist Church at Mount Zion in Florence, Kentucky. With mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi singing Dalila, Samson "didn't have a snow ball's chance in the Negev." KSO music director led the "sizzling" performance, with tenor Michael Hendrick as Samson, singers from University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and the KSO Chorale.