A NEW OPERA, WELL-SUITED TO THE CATACOMBS OF BROOKLYN
Bruce Hodges | June 11, 2018
"To etch this fanciful yet disturbing story, Hertzberg has written some crystalline, ravishing textures, glistening with percussion.
But as the hour progressed, Hertzberg's shimmering score bloomed into passages of opulence that might have made Richard Strauss proud.
Hertzberg also penned the libretto, transforming Andersen's words into poetry."
NEW OPERA 'THE ROSE ELF' OFFERS MORBID ENCHANTMENT
James Jordan | June 11, 2018
Composer and librettist David Hertzberg creates fantastical soundscapes deftly contrasting the human world—mostly harsh dissonances and startling aleatory noises—and the pantheistic sphere of the Elf, a mist of impressionistic shimmer. […] Even more impressive was Hertzberg’s word setting, a fluid arioso style ranging from blunt single-note recitative for the brutal brother to wide-ranging melismas for the protean Elf.
CONCERT SERIES DEBUTS IN CATACOMBS OF BROOKLYN'S GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY TONIGHT
Jane Levere | June 6, 2018
The season opens tonight with the world premiere of a new chamber opera, The Rose Elf, by composer David Hertzberg, whose The Wake World recently received the “Best New Opera Award” from the Music Critics Association of North America.
A NIGHT OF OPERA IN GREEN-WOOD CEMETARY
Charlie Herman | June 6, 2018
On June 6, 2018, the opera, “The Rose Elf” by David Hertzberg will premiere in the cemetery’s catacombs which are usually closed to the general public.
NEW YORK OPERA FEST 2018 PREVIEW: DON'T MISS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF DAVID HERTZBERG'S 'THE ROSE ELF'
David Salazar | June 5, 2018
David Hertzberg is one of the great composers on the rise. He’s an award-winner that is slated for a major career in the opera world, which means that his upcoming work “The Rose Elf,” is a must-see for enthusiasts of new opera. And thanks to Unison Media, that production is a major part of this year’s New York Opera Fest experience.
DAVID HERTZBERG'S DARK CHAMBER OPERA OPENS JUNE 6
Damian Fowler | June 5, 2018
A new series of opera and chamber music opens June 6 with the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s The Rose Elf.
The impressionistic piece is based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, in which a young woman mourns her murdered lover. The opera is staged in the catacombs at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn—a setting that is designed to enhance the dark theme of the story.
THE ROSE ELF: AN INTERVIEW WITH LIBRETTIST, COMPOSER DAVID HERTZBERG
Lauren Johnson | June 3, 2018
"Powerful, disturbing, and clocking in at just an hour in length, The Rose Elf was captivating and intoxicating from start to finish, fueled by the lush orchestration and illustrious singing.
This succinct opera holds an enormous amount of weight and splendor. Hertzberg’s soaring vocal lines and orchestral richness as well as the cast’s commanding performances have stuck with me since departing the catacombs last night, and I expect that they will continue to do so for some time."
IS OPERA DYING? NO, BUT THIS ONE IS STAGED AMONG THE DEAD
Arthur Lublow | June 1, 2018
A new series, opening with David Hertzberg’s “The Rose Elf,” will produce classical performances in the narrow catacomb at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
MUST-SEE CLASSICAL CONCERTS THIS JUNE
David Patrick Stearns | May 31, 2018
As perverse as it sounds in this first month of summer, the place to go for interesting new opera may well be underground — yes, in the kind of place dead people are buried. The increasingly acclaimed composer David Hertzberg, who tends to traffic in dreamy but dark-edge mythology, is following up the success of his opera The Wake World with an earlier work titled The Rose Elf, to be staged in a crypt catacombs of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery June 6, 8 and 10. After all, the subterranean venue has natural air conditioning that won’t destroy the ozone layer, and you’re sure to emerge with a heightened appreciation for all of the above-ground classical events that are happening in parks all around New York.
'ROSE' FROM THE DEAD: NEW OPERA DEBUTS BENEATH GREEN-WOOD CEMETARY
Adam Lucente | May 29, 2018
A haunting opera about murder, love, and a gender-fluid elf will have an extra-spooky premiere in the catacombs of Green-Wood Cemetery on June 6. The show’s composer said the narrow, morbid environment will make attendees feel like they are trapped by the story and the powerful vocals.
“I love the claustrophobia of the catacombs,” said David Hertzberg. “It will try to make you feel like you’re being buried alive, but in a cool way.”
GOINGS ON ABOUT TOWN | OPERA | THE ROSE ELF
David Hertzberg’s new chamber opera receives its first full performances in sepulchral surroundings. The amorous and the otherworldly intertwine in R. B. Schlather’s production, for which the mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey originated the title role.
TO DO: MAY 30 - JUNE 13, 2018
May 28, 2018
See The Rose ElfVoices from the other side.From the people who brought you the romantically creepy Crypt Sessions comes a new opera by David Hertzberg, performed in the catacombs of Green-Wood Cemetery. The performance inaugurates a (literally) underground concert series, “The Angel’s Share.” —J.D. Green-Wood Cemetery, June 6, 8, and 10.
SUMMER CLASSICAL MUSIC PREVIEW
Fergus McIntosh | May 21, 2018
And the idea of an underground venue takes on a new realism with the première of David Hertzberg’s opera “The Rose-Elf,” in the catacombs beneath Green-Wood Cemetery (starting on June 6).
UNISON MEDIA & GREEN-WOOD UNITE TO PRESENT THE ANGEL'S SHARE
Francisco Salazar | April 26, 2018
The season will open in June with a World Premiere of a new chamber opera, “The Rose Elf,” by David Hertzberg, whose “The Wake World” received the “Best New Opera Award” from the Music Critics Association of North America. “The Rose Elf” will be directed by R.B. Schlather, starring award-winning mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey.
GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY IS HOSTING A SERIES OF EERIE CONCERTS IN ITS CATACOMBS
Clayton Guse | April 26, 2018
Called The Angel's Share, the series is produced in conjunction with Unison Media, the same group that launched Crypt Sessions at the Church of the Intercession in Manhattan last year. During Green-Wood’s rendition, classical musicians will set up shop in the 19th century catacombs below the cemetery, providing more intimate performances than any other in the city. The series kicks off on June 6, 8 and 10 with the world premiere of “The Rose Elf,” a chamber opera from composer David Hertzberg and directed by R.B. Schlather.
DAVID HERTZBERG WINS THE MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA
Francisco Salazar | April 10, 2018
The Music Critics Association of North America is pleased to announce that its second annual award for Best New Opera has been given to composer David Hertzberg for “The Wake World.”
MCANA's SECOND ANNUAL BEST NEW OPERA AWARD GOES TO DAVID HERTZBERG'S THE WAKE WORLD
Opera News Desk | April 10, 2018
The Music Critics Association of North America (MCANA) is pleased to announce that its second annual award for Best New Opera has been given to composer David Hertzberg for The Wake World, which received its premiere on September 18, 2017, commissioned by Opera Philadelphia in a co-presentation with The Barnes Foundation. The award was created to honor musical and theatrical excellence in a fully staged opera that received its world premiere in North America during the preceding calendar year.
HERTZBERG WINS NEW OPERA HONOR FOR THE WAKE WORLD
James Bash | April 9, 2018
Described as “hallucinatory” and “psychedelic,” The Wake World cast a spell over audiences and critics last September when it received its premiere as part of Opera Philadelphia’s O17 Festival. Now the enigmatic and enchanting opera by David Hertzberg, who wrote the music and libretto, has captured the second MCANA Award for Best New Opera, presented by the Music Critics Association of North America. Established in 2016, the award recognizes musical and theatrical excellence at a time of heightened interest in presenting contemporary opera.
OPERA PHILADELPHIA AND DAVID HERTZBERG WIN 'BEST NEW OPERA' FOR O17 COMMISSION
Peter Dobrin | April 9, 2018
A new work premiered for Opera Philadelphia‘s inaugural festival has captured an honor for the company. The Wake World, with music and libretto by David Hertzberg and commissioned by Opera Philadelphia for its O17 debut at the Barnes Foundation in September, has won the best new opera award from the Music Critics Association of North America.
DAVID HERTZBERG SHORTLISTED FOR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
OPERA'S ROAD TO THE FUTURE
Ray Mark Rinaldi | October 2, 2017
"He is compared by critics to Ravel, and that was evident here, darkness and romance cobbled together into something quite beautiful and startlingly dangerous."
A TEMPO: 017 BRINGS PERFORMANCES INTO MUSEUMS, UNUSUAL SPACES
Rachel Katz | September 16, 2017
Wandering around the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, composer David Hertzberg stares at the walls in wonder. He's been through the rooms many times, drinking in the works by Seurat, Modigliani, Renoir and other masters. It's not just paintings alone, or even the Asian and Egyptian sculptures and other artworks arranged around the rooms, or the doorhandles and other pieces of daily, everyday hardware that might have adorned a home a century ago. Rather, it's the way its all put together.
OPERA PHILADELPHIA WANTS YOU, MILLENNIAL, TO RETHINK EVERYTHING YOU THINK ABOUT OPERA
A.D. Amorosi | September 15, 2017
“I’m young. My friends coming to this show are young. They all like different kinds of art things... I just wish people would stop apologizing for opera, or for that matter, anything they love, and just do whatever it is they do with fire and gusto and openness.”
'THE WAKE WORLD' BRINGS A PHANTASMAGORICAL NEW OPERA TO PHILLY
Shaun Brady | September 12, 2017
Composer David Hertzberg was a Curtis Institute student with a museum pass when he initially discovered the Barnes Foundation, and was immediately enchanted by Dr. Albert Barnes’ eclectic art menagerie.
THREE MUST-SEE SHOWS AT OPERA PHILADELPHIA'S 017 FESTIVAL
David Fox | September 11, 2017
Here’s your chance to experience two of Philadelphia’s preeminent cultural institutions in a new way. This O17 Festival world premiere one-act opera by composer-in-residence David Hertzberg and director R.B. Schlather takes audiences through the galleries of the Barnes Foundation. Featuring Opera Philadelphia’s chorus and soloists, The Wake World fuses the Barnes’s groundbreaking, peculiarly arranged art collection with the occult-fused works of writer Aleister Crowley. It should be quite the dreamlike journey.
OPERA PHILADELPHIA FESTIVAL TO INCLUDE BARNES-CENTRIC PERFORMANCE DEBUT
Marissa Stern | September 7, 2017
Hertzberg, a Los Angeles native who at 27 is entering his third year as Opera Philadelphia’s composer-in-residence, was challenged with writing the opera, music and libretto for the festival and setting it in an unusual “theater”: the Barnes Foundation.
He had previously written The Rose Elf, a one-act opera based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, as part of Opera Philadelphia’s Double Exposure project, in which two teams performed the opera to their interpretation.
EPISODE 41: THE WAKE WORLD
Peter Szep | August 30, 2017
We have the most interesting conversation with David and R.B. about producing an opera at the Barnes Foundation, surrounded by an eclectic collection of world rebounded art, with a wondering audience, all part of Opera Philadelphia’s festival O17, which runs September 14 – 24.
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.
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.