“The disquieting gloom of the music that opens Act 2 was reflected in a blasted landscape, scattered with dead princes and dead soldiers, now carrion for two greedy vultures, but the mood changed with the arrival of the exotic Queen and her slinky retinue. Striking a series of poses on a dais beneath an angled mirror, Laura Claycomb sustained the character’s extended sequence of melismatic showpieces with both radiance and elegance. Her avian accoutrements implied links (affirmed in the epilogue) to the Cockerel and the Astrologer…”

Opera Magazine, Yehuda Shapiro 

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