“Nicole Paiement conducted Dove’s ingratiating score with vibrant precision, bringing out the shimmery colors of the orchestral writing — Dove has a knack for turning the chrome curves of airport decor into sound… And stage director Brian Staufenbiel, working on designer Dave Dunning’s wonderfully detailed set, created an improbable dramatic microcosm.”

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle


“You can always count on this company’s directors to present a to-die-for production. They remain treasures for the Bay Area and for contemporary opera itself. They present operas that are fresh and meaningful to today’s audience, and that are humane in their understanding of the connection between artistic endeavor and audience.”

Jaime Robles, Repeat Performances



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“Sunday afternoon’s performance was a small miracle of theatrical inventiveness and musical delight. And it demonstrated yet again why this company, led by Artistic Director and Conductor Nicole Paiement along with her husband, stage director Brian Staufenbiel, has quickly become one of the Bay Area’s most indispensable artistic assets.”

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

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