"...a lovely production..."

"Chelsea Opera is to be commended for its casting — all the major roles were superbly represented. "

" director Samuel McCoy led the cast and fine instrumental ensemble in a stirringly vital performance, bringing Chelsea Opera's 2013–14 season to a triumphant conclusion."

Arlo McKinnon, Opera News

Highlights among the cast were the soprano Joanie Brittingham, who sang Laurie with lucid diction, and the baritone Peter Kendall Clark, a resonant Top. The finest passage in the score is the aching quintet that closes the first act, and here the performance was at its finest, too: polished and eloquent.

Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

But where it counted most—in the acting—the stage direction was superb, as there was breathing humanity from every member of the cast.

Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review

The cast assembled for the simple, tightly woven story was strong from top to bottom...Music Director Samuel McCoy conducted the 13-piece orchestra with vigor and sensitivity and it responded with equal measures of both...I’m very glad to have had the opportunity to hear this beautiful work in a top-notch production by Chelsea Opera, which should certainly rank as one of the country’s preeminent “small” opera companies.

Jon Sobel, blogcritics

With the impressive Maestro Samuel McCoy on the podium, the excellent Chelsea Opera Chamber Orchestra comprising thirteen musicians filled St. Peter's Church with Copland's accessible music...The opera was well cast with soprano Joanie Brittingham starring as the young Laurie Moss...Her splendid performance was matched by tenor Chad Kranak in the role of Martin.

Meche Kroop, Voce di meche

Chelsea Opera presents a good mix of new and revival works and deserves support, especially with the disappearance of NYC Opera. The possibility to hear opera at affordable prices now devolves on the smaller opera companies, and we need to support them with our donations and our patronage.

Arthur S. Leonard, Art Leonard Observations
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