"Eiki Isomura, OH's artistic director, whips up musical enchantment aplenty. Brisk and taut, he breezes through Mozart...the ensemble sounded full and lush."
-Houston Press, 11/12/17
"[Adamo's] chamber orchestration is sumptuously accomplished, deeply textured and lovingly rendered under maestro Eiki Isomura and his nimble ensemble."
-Houston Press, 4/1/17
"Listen to the overture and you'll see what glories lie here. A soft burst from the orchestra jumps into a swirling tuneful wisp as the strings curl upward like incense. As usual, Maestro Isomura makes the whole thing sound like the Philharmonic. Opera in the Heights puts on a very good show. Bizet wins all around."
-Houston Press, 2/4/17
"La Bohème is always classified as the world's most popular opera, but it now looks – and sounds – as if freshly composed. Under maestro Eiki Isomura, with a superlative age-appropriate cast...[Bohème has] been revivified."
-Houston Press, 11/14/16
"Is there any opera that so resembles champagne as the heady, intoxicating Die Fledermaus? OPera in the Heights's production is certainly vintage in sound, with its young, appealing cast; Eiki Isomura keeps his sprightly tuned orchestra just this side of Grand Cru...The young and vivacious cast is first-rate...the OH Chorus sparkles...The orchestra has never sounded so lively. They, too, I imagine, are drunk on Strauss.
-Houston Press, 9/19/16
"Under Eiki Isomura, the orchestra has never sounded so focused... Down the line, this is ensemble playing of fine caliber... The OH chorus is ultra-fine, too, smooth and lustrous, which is saying something because they've been so consistently good all season. Maestro Isomura deserves our thanks."
-Houston Press, 4/12/16
"Opera in the Heights tackled comic Rossini with an energetic and well-sung Lambert Hall staging of La Cenerentola. Oh's Principal Conductor, Eiki Isomura coaxed sprightly support from his 19-member band."
-Opera Magazine, 2/13/16
"THIS IS THE INTIMATE COMPANY AT ITS MOST BEGUILING IN SEASONS...CASTING A SPELL THAT BEFITS ROSSINI'S DISTINCT MARVELS IN MELODY AND TEXTURE...EIKI ISOMURA HAS ASSEMBLED A YOUNG, NIGH-PERFECT CAST, AMAZINGLY ASSURED...EVERYTHING IS AGLOW AND NOTHING IS OVERDONE."
-HOUSTON PRESS, 2/9/16
"TAUT AND FRAGRANT, A WONDERFUL HOMAGE TO THE COMPOSER...TESTAMENT TO MENOTTI'S SKILL (MUSIC AND LIBRETTO) AND THE FINE PLAYING OF THE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA UNDER EIKI ISOMURA AND THE EXEMPLARY SWEET CAST."
- HOUSTON PRESS, 11/6/15
"PAGLIACCI CAME ALIVE...HARROWING, EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT EXCITEMENT...[OPERA IN THE HEIGHTS] SCORES A KNOCKOUT."
-HOUSTON PRESS, 9/21/15
"YOUNG MAESTRO EIKI ISOMURA LEADS HIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA THROUGH BIZET'S BEGUILING, IF TRUNCATED, MELODIES WITH SEDUCTIVE EASE. THE VERDICT: BIZET'S WHITE-HOT OPERA SIZZLES AND SMOLDERS.
-HOUSTON PRESS, 3/23/15
"EIKI ISOMURA CONDUCTS WITH FINESSE AND THE ORCHESTRA RADIANTLY DELIVERS SOUND OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY...AN ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE THAT IS SUMPTUOUS AND DYNAMIC..." -
BWW OPERA WORLD, 2/8/15
"Eiki Isomura led a thrilling performance of this Mozart rarity. The OH orchestra sounded splendid."