Bolcom bestows a compact, aria-like number on each of the opera’s nine principal singer/actors; these pieces reveal character and, not coincidentally, displayed the merits of Minnesota Opera’s extraordinary cast. . . . Craig Irvin (Dan Packard) and Andrew Garland (Joseph Talbot) were scarcely less impressive. Among the women, Adriana Zabala’s Lucy Talbot was especially affecting but did not eclipse . . . Susannah Biller’s Kitty Packard"
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