Dolores Claiborne “A Triumph” at San Francisco Opera
Audiences are still raving about Tobias Picker's Dolores Claiborne following its world premiere in San Francisco Opera's acclaimed production, directed by James Robinson and conducted by George Manahan.
Dolores Claiborne ... an unflinching addition to the repertoire.
– Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
Along comes Dolores Claiborne ... reassuring us that new opera is really possible.
– Robert Commanday, Classical Voice of North America
With high marks on the performers, the music, the set and the story, this has to be SF Opera general director David Gockley’s best commission in San Francisco thus far.
– Cedric Westphal, The SFist
Picker's score, the best of his five operas, is imaginatively moody ... The most original aspect of Picker's opera is that he may have found a supernatural core to Dolores Claiborne after all.
– Mark Swed, The Los Angeles Times
[An] unblinking treatment ... fascinatingly eclectic, with jagged edges, using different voices and styles, the orchestral part of Picker's work qualifies Dolores as a first-class work.
– Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice
Tobias Picker's Dolores Claiborne is a brilliant musical incarnation … a momentous addition to the expanding canon of American opera … The future of opera is looking very secure. Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne ... is solid evidence.
– Sean Martinfield, The Huffington Post
Dolores Claiborne was an apt choice for a new work of American verismo … Picker's impressively large-scale score builds tension with insinuating motifs, helter-skelter rhythms and gripping climaxes … A significant new work, Dolores Claiborne was a triumph for all concerned.
– Georgia Rowe, Opera News
View production stills and video excerpts from San Francisco Opera's premiere production at www.sfopera.com.
For more information on Tobias Picker and Dolores Claiborne, including digital perusal scores, visit www.schott-music.com.
(Photo: Patricia Racette as Dolores Claiborne; copyright Cory Weaver)