Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at The Colburn School

April 4-6, 2013

Review: Conlon conducts an inspired ‘Rape of Lucretia’ at Colburn

“Yet in an inspired performance like the one Conlon was able to get from an outstanding collection of singers (mostly from the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program) and a 13-piece onstage instrumental group, there was no distancing.

“You were drawn in tightly by the intensity of the piece, left dazed at the close. I can imagine this performance making an impression even in the too-large Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, but in the comparatively cozy Zipper, with its warm, clear acoustics illuminating every spare, exquisite instrumental detail (especially the bass) and the audience so close to the performers, it was overwhelming.

“Just as amazing was the comprehensive way in which the cast and players had absorbed the authentic Britten style right down to the diction, adding more than a dash of American zest to this performance, part of Los Angeles Opera’s ‘Britten 100/LA: A Celebration.’”

Los Angeles Times
Richard S. Ginell
April 5, 2013
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Photo: Chester Higgins