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Our Town

Guildhall School of Music, London, May 2012


John Allison, Opera Magazine, August 2012

Andrew Clements, The Guardian, June 2012

Our Town, New York City Premiere

Pictured are Anne Manson, conductor, J.D. McClatchey, NR, cast members Alex Shrader, Jennifer Zetlan, and Alex Mansoori. Photo by Peter Schaaf New York Times Review (Anne Midgette)

Musical America: ''A New Opera Destined to Survive

... Juilliard's production ideally catches the deceptive simplicity of the piece. Edward Berkeley's direction is an artfully realized blend of imagined ritual and down-home realism, exactly right for this understated drama and perfectly complemented by the distantly remembered aura of small-town New England conjured up by John Kasarda's austere sets. The pin-point clarity and expressive power of Jennifer Zetlan's shining soprano made her a particularly appealing Emily and a vocal talent to watch, while Alek Shrader's evenly produced tenor and disarming presence suited George Gibbs, Emily's childhood sweetheart, to the ground.'' more>