Wall Street Journal – Newest of the New

The Wall Street Journal featured an in-depth review of The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) highlighting the recent February 10 show.

“Mr. Moravec’s program (Feb. 10) demonstrated his operatic bona fides in effective character pieces from his two completed operas, “The King’s Man,” about Benjamin Franklin, and “The Letter,” after W. Somerset Maugham, before unveiling a bit of his current project, “The Shining” — yes, an operatic setting of the Stephen King novel — which will have its premiere at the Minnesota Opera in 2016.”

“In his curatorial role, Mr. Moravec looked at a few other viable approaches to modern opera: Alongside his own works, which lean toward Neoclassicism, he included three lovely arias rooted in regional Italian folk songs from Paola Prestini’s “Oceanic Verses,” as well as a stirring baritone aria with neo-Romantic heroics and monumentalism at its core from Christopher Theofanidis’s “Heart of a Soldier,” an opera about Rick Rescorla, a retired Army officer who died saving others in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.”

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