What Do Critics Think of New York City Opera's Angels in America?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of New York City Opera's Angels in America? Peter Eötvös’ opera opened at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater June 10.
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Andrew Garland, Kirsten Chambers, Sarah Beckham-Turner, Sarah Castle, Wayne Tigges, Aaron Blake, Matthew Reese, and Michael Weyandt Sarah Shatz

New York City Opera’s production of Angels in America officially opened June 10. The opera, which marks the conclusion of the company's 2016–2017 season, adapts Tony Kushner’s two-part Pulitzer Prize-winning drama into one two-act performance.

Angels in America's libretto lifts directly from Kushner's play and features orchestrations by Peter Eötvös (Cats’ Play), direction by Sam Helfrich. Pacien Mazzagatti conducts.

Read reviews for the New York premiere below:

Financial Times (Martin Bernheimer)

New York Classical Review (Eric C. Simpson)

The New York Times (Zachary Woolfe)

Observer (James Jorden)

Playbill will continue to update with reviews as they are published.

The title is the inaugural production of New York City Opera's Pride initiative; the company will present works that highlight LGBT issues each June. Next season's lineup includes the U.S. premiere of Brokeback Mountain, which was first commissioned by NYCO in 2008.

Read: NEW YORK CITY OPERA WILL PRESENT THE U.S. PREMIERE OF BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN IN 2018

The limited engagement is scheduled to run June 14 and 16 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.
Take a look at production photos below.

The cast also includes Andrew Garland as Prior, Aaron Bake as Louis, Sarah Beckham-Turner as Harper, Wayne Tigges as Roy Cohn, Michael Weyandt as Joe, Sarah Castle as Hannah, Matthew Reese as Belize, and Kirsten Chambers as the Angel.

For more information, visit NYCOpera.com.

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