To Donald Runnicles, former music director of S.F..Opera, must go a great deal of the credit for this production’s magnificent success. He led the sprawling score with tremendous authority, a sure hand for orchestral balance and sonority, and poetic sensibility at the score’s most desperate, and most tender, moments. He paced the opera so well and had such command of the work’s monumental proportions that it seemed the shortest five-hour opera ever.
Lisa Hirsch, San Francisco Classical Voice
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