"Curtains Fall, But Operas Reverberate"
The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2012
A year-end essay for The New York Times about the two events that had the most enduring impact for me in 2012: Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's Einstein on the Beach, which lived up to and surpassed a quarter-century's worth of personal expectations in a revival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; and Dog Days, the first full-length opera by David T. Little, with a powerful libretto by Royce Vavrek and an explosive stage conception by Robert Woodruff, presented by Montclair State University as part of its ambitious Peak Performances series.
It bears mention that neither of these shows is at an end. Einstein on the Beach continues its triumphal world tour; it's in Amsterdam right now, with dates ahead in Hong Kong and Melbourne, at the very least. As for Dog Days, I'm aware of no firm future dates, but rumor has it you should keep an eye on the ambitious Fort Worth Opera. Meanwhile, Little's Soldier Songs opens for its first fully staged New York City run on Friday, January 11, as part of the inaugural Prototype festival of new opera and musical theater, and a reading of the libretto for his next stage work, Artaud in the Black Lodge, is scheduled for February 9 at HERE.