BWW REVIEW: OF FAIRY TAILS AND TRIALS AT OPERA PHILADELPHIA'S THE WAKE WORLD AND MAGIC FLUTE
Richard Sasanow | September 27, 2017
Superficially, Wolfgang Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE (or DIE ZAUBERFLOTE for you purists) and David Hertzberg's THE WAKE WORLD couldn't seem less alike, written more than two centuries apart and with very different musical vocabularies. Taken together, they stretch the definition of what makes an opera. (And how...) Yet, as two of the main attractions of Opera Philadelphia's daring new O17 opera festival, they have a surprising amount in common--including spectacular scores that demand to be heard again and again.
FANTASY IN PHILADELPHIA: THE WAKE WORLD
James Sohre | September 23, 2017
Composer and librettist David Hertzberg’s magical mystery tour that is The Wake World opened to a cheering sold out audience that was clearly enraptured with its magnificent artistic achievement.