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Praise for Miller’s New Chamber Opera DESIRE

The world premiere of Hannah Lash's new chamber opera, Desire, commissioned by Miller Theatre, opened on October 16, 2019, to critical praise from reviewers who noted the innovative subject matter, the excellence of the performers, and the value of Miller's support for new opera. 

Broadway World writes that Desire "...is performed by three bold singers — the commanding mezzo Kirsten Sollek (Woman), the determined baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert (Man 2) and the eerie yet forceful countertenor Daniel Moody (Man 1). In addition — and very much integral to its success — there is the dazzling string quartet known as JACK." 

Classical Music Geek, who sits on the board of Yale's undergrad opera company, states that "this production was genius."  

According to The New York Times, Miller's "nascent Chamber Opera Commissioning Initiative has so far provided women — as with Missy Mazzoli’s “Proving Up” last year — a literal stage in a field that historically has been dominated by men...Miller is doing its part, admirably, to foster a new kind of canon."  

Photo by Rob Davidson

Read the full reviews:

The New York Times: “A New Opera Pays Poetic Tribute to the Creative Process”

Broadway World: “Giving In to Hannah Lash’s DESIRE at Columbia’s Miller Theatre”

Columbia Spectator: “World premiere of composer Hannah Lash’s opera 'Desire' takes place at Miller, touches on creation and self-reliance”

Classical Music Geek: "Hannah Lash's 'Desire' at Columbia"

ConcertoNet.com: “Hannah Lash’s Magic in a Night Garden”