Occupy Opera

by Suzanne Calvin

A new work by British composer Peter Maxwell Davies for the Juilliard School got off with a bang last week. Heidi Waleson, writing for “The Wall Street Journal” noted: “With timid tonality pervading so many new operas, it was refreshing to hear the edgy, acerbic sounds of Peter Maxwell Davies’s “Kommilitonen!” presented by the Juilliard School last week. Mr. Maxwell Davies and librettist David Pountney, who also directed, used that agitated quality and a range of musical styles to deftly weave together three tales of student political action. Jointly commissioned by Juilliard and the Royal Academy of Music in London, where it had its premiere last spring, the opera was written specifically for conservatory students, and the large Juilliard cast captured the energy of these young characters and their commitment to their causes, for better or for worse, along with their age-appropriate temerity and sense of invincibility.”

You can check out the rest of Ms. Waleson’s review here…Maxwell Davies, by the way, is the man behind THE LIGHTHOUSE, the Dallas Opera’s inaugural production for our new chamber opera series, premiering in March.

Tickets go on sale to the general public in December.

Suzanne Calvin, Manager Director Media & PR

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