"Stage director Stephanie Havey treated the story of the courtesan with veristic realism. When Violetta asked Alfredo’s father for an embrace to give her strength, she grabbed him emotionally but he remained stiff. When Alfredo realized that his father had chased away his lover, he pounded forcefully on the elder man’s chest. This opera evokes strong emotion and Havey used it most effectively. . . This was one of the best performances Arizona Opera has mounted lately and I ho
The Jerusalem Post – January 20, 2019 (Irving Spitz) "The Australian, Daniel Sumegi, with his burnished bass-baritone voice was an impressive Jochanaan. His vocal power and stamina were ideal for the role." Opera – April, 2019 (John Allison) "Sporting sci-fi dreadlocks, Jochanaan was powerfully voiced by Daniel Sumegi – more interesting, with more colours, at the top of his range than lower down."
"Lidiya Yankovskaya does a terrific job as a conductor of this score bringing out the many colors and styles of music with her thirteen musicians who prove game to the challenge." -DC Theatre Scene Read full review. "Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya ably shaped the score: Its spare orchestration is built on string drones and slithering glissandos and colored with punchy special effects" -Wall Street Journal Read full review. "The most interesting parts were Sankaram’s atmospheric