Check out these fabulous reviews for David Angus in Boston Lyric Opera’s “Werther”!
“In the pit BLO music director David Angus had the orchestra sounding stronger than it has in some time, especially in the lower strings, and Annie Rabbat deftly floated the score’s numerous violin solos. This performance also boasted some extra bars of music for Werther and Charlotte that Angus discovered when viewing an online version of the manuscript of the orchestral score. BLO could find no other record of these bars having been sung in other performances, and it deserves credit for this feat of musicological detective work.” -Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe
“As Conducted by BLO Musical Director David Angus, this becomes a thrilling experience.” -Jack Craib, South Shore Critic
“In the pit, conductor David Angus led a richly evocative and dramatic reading of the score that allowed Massenet’s sumptuous music to blossom fully.” -Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review
“This production … soars to unexpected vocal and orchestral heights under the baton of David Angus.” -Laura Prichard, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
“The work in the pit shone throughout. Conductor David Angus had much to work with — Massenet’s divine orchestration features one chamber-like setting after another. Inviting individual solos, duets and trios were the norm — and the unusual use of alto sax (Kenneth Radnofsky) added textures that were alternately foreboding and alluring. In a historic note, Angus uncovered heretofore unperformed music, a brief vocal duet during a climactic moment when Charlotte finally kisses Werther. It was not just a footnote either, but a poignant musical moment that will certainly find its way into future productions.” -Keith Powers, The Artery