June 1, 2020
Thank you to American Record Guide for a fabulous review of Jacqueline.
“Woolf’s tonal palette is wide, from the exuberance and self-confidence of the glory years to the poignant regret, then defiant anger, of the decline; all are leavened by flashes of humor, though the humor grows ever darker and more caustic. The music matches the emotional range of the subject matter handily. It’s spare and angular, with lots of wide intervals and unexpected changes in pitch and tempo, but still anchored in tonality and lyrically expressive.
“It’s odd that a piece about disease and a disrupted life should have its premiere run just a few weeks before theatres and concert halls shut down in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but one can only hope the enduring influence of Du Pré will in due course bring this opera the wider audience it deserves.”
– Photo by Dahlia Katz