The crowd clearly enjoyed your performance as much as I did. You certainly have a great talent!
Former New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen
Brava! Brava! Brava! Brava! Brava! Your singing was so beautiful and your engagement with the audience so special. ... Because of your truly great performance, Italian-American Heritage Month has the best start it has ever had!
Italian-American Heritage Month
Your voice and the drama you convey with your smile and stage presence were outstanding at the Trade Center. The CD Live at the Provencal: Opera Night with Darby Tench and Tom Oesterling captures your special spirit and the high quality of your singing.
Luigi Pirandello Society
"The nightingale who performed at the grand piano in the dining room during our dinner worked her way through wonderfully fresh sounding renditions of standards and show tunes ... she sang beautifully in Portuguese and French. Volume was perfect for enjoyment without drowning conversation."
Maine Sunday Telegram, November 10, 2002
Darby is our most profitable special event. We have had her perform Opera Night 2-3 times a year for the past 4 years,and we have ALWAYS SOLD OUT !
Le Provencal Restaurant, Rye, NH
An acclaimed musician and vocalist and a hit with the audience!
Foster's Daily Democrat, Rochester (NH) Opera House
You shook the dust off the chandeliers!
Music in Market Square, Portsmouth, NH
Taking a George Washington-style hat and placing it on the head of [UNH Spanish Professor] Marti-Olivella, and covering the head of another audience member with a large white wig, Tench finished her performance with an animated opera piece ["Una voce poco fa / Io sono docile" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville]. The room was filled with the laughter of the audience . . . the audience members played their parts well.
The UNH, November 15, 2005
At first I thought she was clowning, but then I saw there was method to her madness. -
Professor Grover Marshal, University of New Hampshire
Now, here's an opera we can get behind ... superb singing talents ... as well as foreign opera translated into American rap. We're dizzle with the opizzle!
North Shore (MA) Sunday, Townonline.com
Fantastic program, so professional, just wonderful . . . as good as anything on Broadway . . . what talent, what a voice . . . what fun!
Old York Historical Society, York, ME