What Audiences and Press are Saying About Regina

“Dramatically and musically powerful.”
Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News – June, 2018
"Marc Blitzstein's Regina is both dramatically and musically powerful... its mix of musical styles — shifting among call-and-response spirituals, ragtime, jazz and cinematic romanticism — calls for a conductor as committed and capable as Stephen Lord... its high-stakes drama requires a cast as theatrically and vocally accomplished as that assembled...”

“Exceptional cast... fiercely dramatic.”
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times – June, 2018
Regina may be a piece whose time has come, especially as presented here in James Robinson’s production… performed by an exceptional cast… the elements of musical theater came through most strongly in this performance, led with brio by Stephen Lord…. Ron Raines and… James Morris were excellent as the two brothers, Oscar and Benjamin. The soprano Susanna Phillips brought touching vulnerability to the role of Birdie… The youthful bloom of the soprano Monica Dewey’s voice was perfect for Alexandra… Ms. Graham… seized on Regina to show her flair for fiercely dramatic singing… You believed this proto-feminist Regina.”

“Smart production.”
Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal – June, 2018
“The smart production, directed by James Robinson, suggests that no one is innocent…. The cast relished the over-the-top melodrama. Ms. Graham was a fierce, cold-blooded Regina… James Morris brought a sardonic edge to Ben, and Ron Raines showed a nasty streak as Oscar. Susanna Phillips was a sweet, poignant Birdie… the fine mezzo Melody Wilson had one of the evening’s high points with the blues song that she sings to comfort Birdie… the chorus was excellent in a singing and dancing take-down of the Hubbards.”

“Gripping music theater.”
Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – May, 2018
“In the title role, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham... is an imperious force of nature... she nailed it in every respect, singing powerfully with acting to match... There were no weak leaks in the large cast... Artistic director James Robinson brought out the family's fraught dynamics effectively in ways both large and subtle.”

“An unqualified success.”
Santosh Venkatarman, Opera Wire – June, 2018
"Nothing less than an unqualified success... Part of the greatness of this work is how all of the characters have their moments in this opera... Perhaps the best musical moment of the night was when Irmiter, Phillips, Wilson, and the excellent Monica Dewey as Alexandra combined for the Act 3 'Rain Quarter.'”

“Fresh and daring.”
Kea Wilson, ALIVE Magazine – June, 2018
"Regina is a seventy-year-old American opera that feels as fresh and daring today as it ever did... The entire cast... is stupendous...”

“Opera Theatre's artistic risk-taking pays off once again with the magnificent Regina.”
Robert W. Duffy, St. Louis Magazine – May, 2018
“Opera Theatre's bold realization of Regina... elevates the company's founding principles to a new and triumphant status... In reviving and producing Regina, the company not only adds luster and muscle to the American repertory but also brings into a difficult to achieve balance of the traditional and the advance guard, and the result... is a full cup of genius.”

“An utterly flawless Regina.”
Steve Callahan, Broadway World – May, 2018
“Few operas so carefully convey the drama of the story... I've never seen an opera so perfectly cast.”

“Two operatic divas... take St. Louis by storm.”
Eric A. Gordon, People's World – June, 2018
"OTSL pulled out all the stops with... Regina... They imported four truly world-class singers for their role debuts in the opera... James Robinson... serves this work well...”

“Breaking bad: Opera Theatre's Regina.”
Chuch Lavazzi, KDHX – May, 2018
Regina is an American classic, and the Opera Theatre production is a triumph in every respect... a truly stunning production... Ms. Graham's powerfully sung performance lets you see every detail of her complex character... Under the masterful baton of Opera Theatre's long-time Music Director Stephen Lord, Blitzstein's score proves to be an endlessly inventive collage of styles, masterfully tailored to fit each character and situation.”

“Southern gothic and skullduggery abound in Opera Theatre's voracious Regina.”
Rob Levy, St. Louis Review – May, 2018
“OTSL's Regina is a gripping family drama propelled by technical prowess and an ensemble that pours every fabric of their being into making the opera a deceitful delight for audiences... Nimbly smattered with gospel, jazz and ragtime and executed to perfection by Music Director Emeritus Stephen Lord... Regina also strides at a perfect pace thanks to James Robinson, whose direction mirrors the precision of a surgeon's sclpel.”