Otello

"John de los Santos' direction set up the conflicts well, adding nuance where the libretto doesn't bother." - The Wall Street Journal

La Cage Aux Folles

"We need ‘La Cage’ more than ever. Skylight's production of the musical shows it’s still relevant -- and tons of fun. The accomplished choreography and rapid-moving spectacle stem from John de los Santos."- Urban Milwaukee

Le Comte Ory

"... the polish and panache of the staging, directed by John de los Santos, keep the farce from ever seeming amateurish. It's a perfect union of New York's most raucous and delightful opera company with one of the most raucous and delightful works in the repertory."- The New York Times

Service Provider

"The crowd-pleaser was “Service Provider” by Christopher Weiss and John de los Santos, about a couple whose anniversary dinner in a restaurant is compromised by the wife’s constant texting and the husband’s lover’s subsequent intrusion."- The Washington Post

The Astronaut Love Show

"Sharply directed by John de los Santos, The Astronaut Love Show is well worth seeing for its great music, wacky stories, and fabulous cast ."- blogcritics.org

Great Scott

"Choreographer John de los Santos devised a perfectly (and purposely) tacky pre-earthquake dance with four male dancers and a large ewer. ...they were mesmerizing."- San Diego Story

The Rose and the Knife

"this youthful company drew a youthful audience of 400 to a warehouse deep in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for a performance of — lieder? I was surprised, too, as I was by the effectiveness of the production, which wove together song cycles by Berlioz and Mahler into an affecting, excellently played and sung reflection on lost love."- The New York Times

Daughter of the Regiment

"Arizona Opera just concluded its impressive 2014/15 season with a comically delightful and beautifully sung “Daughter of the Regiment.” It was stage director John de los Santos, in his Arizona Opera debut, that kept the opera’s pace brisk and crafted the richly amusing comic machinations."- Curtain Up Phoenix

The Golden Apple

Named one of the Top Ten Theatre Productions of 2014 by The Dallas Morning News Named one of the best theatre productions of 2014 by the Dallas Observer

Dogfight

Named one of the Top Ten Theatre Productions of 2014 by The Dallas Morning News

Soho Cinders

"Uptown Players American premiere offers a welcome and deliciously adult take on the fairy tale. John de los Santos [provides] smart direction and snappy choreography." - The Dallas Morning News

The Pearl Fishers

"…a thrilling and gorgeous production. This is the best work that director/choreographer John de los Santos has done to date. He doesn’t overburden the opera and lets it speak for itself." - Theater Jones

Carousel

"Stage director and choreographer John de los Santos’ background includes both opera and musical theater, and it shows. There are differences between what kind of staging works for each, and it’s nice to see an opera company perform a musical with an understanding of the differences." - The Daily Progress

Roméo et Juliette

" John de los Santos livened the ballroom scenes with effective choreography that was well executed."- Opera Today

Green Sneakers

"John de los Santos’ thoroughly considered staging offered a narrative within the music and text’s emotional diversity." - Stage and Cinema

María de Buenos Aires

"With 'María, the Lexington Philharmonic outdoes itself. Director/choreographer John de los Santos has staged the nightmarish scenario with fluid and compelling theatrical imagination. One of the best performances yet by the region's premiere arts organization."- Lexington Herald-Leader

Cendrillon

"...a shimmery, sweet confection. The overall production, directed by John de los Santos, was very pretty, conjuring up all those storybook pictures from the past -- sumptuous costumes in muted pastels and shining fabrics, fantastical wigs, and simple but effective scenery." - Louisville.com

Hello Again

*Named one of the Top Ten Theatre Productions of 2012 by The Examiner

Sweeney Todd

"You can’t bring off this kind of volatile, satirical story without a keen understanding of human nature and delicate chemistry. What de los Santos has accomplished is breathtaking.”- The Examiner

Smokey Joe's Café

“It would be hard to complain that the production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe that WaterTower Theatre opened Monday lacked soul. It captures the passion of the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, as well as their wit, verve and, yes, sophistication. Choreographer John de los Santos keeps the nine performers moving along and gets the audience’s blood boiling."- The Dallas Morning News

Spring Awakening

*Named one of the Top Ten Theatre Productions of 2011 by The Dallas Morning News *Named one of the Top Ten Theatre Productions of 2011 by The Examiner *Named the #1 Theatre Production of 2011 by Alexandra Bonifield of Critical Rant & Rave with recognition for Outstanding Choreography *Column Award Winner for Best Choreography

The Mikado

"... sly, imaginative, very humorous and sophisticated...(de los Santos) maintains continuity throughout the two acts and slips into the traditional sections gracefully. He skillfully blocked the more than 23 players imaginatively...and provided rowdy choreography." - Daily Gazette

Don Giovanni

"The minuet, accompanied to some of Mozart's most famous music, becomes a madcap but meticulously complex tango, beautifully choreographed by John de los Santos." - D Magazine

Closer To Heaven

*Named one of the Top Ten Theatre Productions of 2010 by The Examiner *Readers Voice Award for Best Musical by the Dallas Voice

Before Night Falls

*Named one of the Top Ten Classical Music Events of 2010 by theatrejones.com

Altar Boyz

*DFW Critics' Forum Award Winner for Best Choreography *Named one of the Top Ten Theatre Productions of 2009 by the Dallas Voice

Carmen

"Stage director John de los Santos whipped up plenty of motion and heat." - Opera News

Cosi Fan Tutte

"The Living Opera's version of Cosi fan tutte offers musical pleasures and a distinctly modern view of this old story of war between the sexes. As up-to-date as the latest iteration of Apple's iphone…this is a sexier than usual Cosi, and it emphasizes the wild life of the frat milieu." - The Dallas Morning News

Orpheus & Euridice

"Director John de los Santos provided just the right elements. His choreography reflected Mr. (Ricky Ian) Gordon's musical moods and made the story line clear." - The Dallas Morning News

The Medium

"Atmosphere abounded in this production, with even some chills and goosebumps. Stage director John de los Santos kept the pace steady." - The Daily Gazette (Schenectady)