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Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Reviews | 1 comment

Phenomenal Phaedra in Philly!

(Published in New York Times)

Opera Company of Philadelphia has scored a substantial artistic coup with the American premiere of “Phaedra,” a compelling 2007 opera by Hans Werner Henze. Part of the company’s growing contemporary chamber-opera initiative, a new production directed by Robert B. Driver, opened on Friday night…Having completed most of the first act of “Phaedra” in 2005, Mr. Henze already ailing, fell into a two-month coma, from which his recovery was uncertain. Just what effect Mr. Henze’s illness had on “Phaedra” is open to conjecture…”

“Phaedra” continues through June 12 at the Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, (215) 893-1018, operaphila.org.

Read the full review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/arts/music/phaedra-by-hans-werner-henze-in-philadelphia-review.html

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1 Comment

  1. PHAEDRA appeals to music critics as these guys have no ears and not the slightest idea what makes a great opera. The reviews for PHAEDRA are a joke. This is ugly music; this is an ugly attempt at composing music theater, and this is an attack upon any opera goer’s ears.
    It was a disgusting experience and one deserving booooos.

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