I have had an exhilarating past few days! As a member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, I traveled with the group to New York City to perform a concert version of the opera Peter Grimes (in honor of the centennial of the composer, Benjamin Britten’s birth). And I just have to say: We NAILED it! And I’m not just talking about the rave reviews; As the last notes of the opera faded away, I could feel that we had touched the audience. And that certainly showed when the audience gave us a standing ovation at least ten minutes long (here’s proof - this rarely happens in New York). I couldn’t help but cry. Mr. Britten would have been proud.
Here are the reviews:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “When it was over, there was an explosive reaction from the audience and cries of “Bravo!””
The New York Times: “The impressive chorus (Amy Kaiser, director) and the orchestra, which is sounding great these days under the dynamic Mr. Robertson, its music director, conveyed not just the seething emotions in this climax but also the hint of maniacal glee that runs through the music.”
Feast of Music: “…what Robertson and his players brought to Carnegie last night was nothing short of extraordinary… The chorus, which plays such a central role in this opera, sang with searing intensity.”
Classical Voice North America: “Robertson led the forces of his St. Louis Symphony brilliantly, achieving utter clarity in a first-class, recording-ready performance of this translucent score.”
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St. Louis Beacon: “Friday night, at Carnegie Hall, David Robertson, the chorus of the symphony, a cast of young but glistening stars, brought down the house. Ten minutes of ovations! It was an occasion that deserves finest-hour description, and our appreciation. In recognition of our capabilities, our strengths and our deficiencies, we face our need to make our world and our region better and stand in awe of our strong place in the world of international artistic accomplishment.”
New York Classical Review: ”The performance was beyond all superlatives.”
Classical Source: “The precision of the Chorus gave its contributions terrific impact…This was a triumphant evening that greatly honored Britten’s memory and legacy.”
WGXR: “Orchestra and chorus gave world-class performances, but with something extra.”
Super-Conductor Blog: “There was no better choice for this tale of an individual against the oppression of a community than the St. Louis Symphony, here under the baton of its music director David Robertson.”
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