Calling Festival del Sole "a 10-day Smörgåsbord of activities that titillates all five senses," GB Opera Magazine raved that Nadine Sierra's Opening Night performance was "an unexpected, but delightful surprise."
On SFGate.com, Catherine Bigelow notes that, over its 10 years "Festival del Sole has developed a depth and richness that has enhanced its cultural bandwidth each successive year." She then interviews jazz legend Herb Alpert about his July 23 festival concert at Castello di Amorosa. "I’ve spent my entire career trying to make music interesting," Alpert says.
L. Pierce Carson offers a glowing review of the RNO's performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, under the baton of James Gaffigan. It was, Carson writes, "a big, fearless presentation of a monumental work, with Gaffigan’s passions on full display from start to finish." And the world premiere of pieces by Gordon Getty, he notes, were "well received by the audience, cheering the composer when he was brought to the stage. Composer Getty stands in good stead in his stamping ground."
Sasha Paulsen at the Napa Valley register reviews the history of the festival and recounts the stunning events opening Season Ten: the Patron Dinner and fireworks at Opus One, and the Opening Night Concert at Castello di Amorosa, featuring Nadine Sierra, "a star, ascending."
Haute Living's Kelly Carter offers an inside look at the festival while it is going on, including coverage of the Founders Dinner, Opening Night concert, Beethoven and Getty at Lincoln Theater, the Patron Dinner at Far Niente, and the Annual Gala at Meadowood featuring Kevin Spacey.
Teresa Rodriguez at examiner.com writes how Festival del Sole "has become a force for fundraising – and star power," benefitting Napa area schools while education and arts budgets are being gutted. The article focuses on the Annual Festival Gala and Bouchaine Young Artist Series.