Dog Days at Montclair State University, September 29, 2012
The New York Times, Oct. 4, 2012
This new opera, by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek, is without question among the most important and memorable pieces I've heard this year. That I hope it has a long life and many repeat performances has nothing at all to do with friendly sentiment, and everything to do with the belief that if opera has a genuine future as something beyond an admirable, comfortable reliquary, it's going to be due to pieces like this one.
In Robert Woodruff, Dog Days had a director who had genuine ideas and wasn't afraid to deploy them; now I'm looking forward to seeing Maya Beiser's multimedia "CelloOpera" Elsewhere at BAM, also directed by Woodruff, even more. It runs Oct. 17–20, and involves music by Eve Beglarian, Missy Mazzoli and Michael Gordon.