"THE RIVALS, Skylight's engaging World-Premiere sets Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 comic play to music"
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
"....is so effortlessly enjoyable it's easy to forget that it's an opera"
"Dorothy Danner directed. She brought out all its possibilities of character-based comedy. She also has a knack for wedding the physical action to the music in subtle ways; this opera has rhythm,in every sense."
THIRD COAST DIGEST
"The exact same words and music could fall flat without her "genius staging" - marvelous inventions exploding and popping like champagne corks every ten seconds. And it wasn't just the comic touches; Dottie also provided motivation in characters where sometimes they needed a bit more. Not to belittle the terrific acting of this highly talented cast, but you know how much depends on the person in charge."
Kirke Mechem, Composer, THE RIVALS
"It's one of the finest pieces of music theater I've seen in sometime - on any stage."
MADAME BUTTERFLY- 2011
“Kudos, then to stage director Dorothy Danner, who framed the whole opera as a flashback of Butterfly's now grown son, seeking to find his roots and make sense of his distant memories of childhood before his father and stepmother carried him off to America. This was tactfully done in a couple of silent pantomimes by the grown son, accompanied only by the thwack of a wood block, before the action began in both acts, and continued in the en'tracte between the two parts of Act 2. In that sequence, the grown son takes the hand of his childlike self and tries to penetrate beyond the screen on which his mother's silhouette is projected. This freshness of approach------Theatrically, then, this was a Butterfly with much to offer.”
WASHINGTON POST---ANNE MIDGETT
THREEPENNY OPERA - 2011
“This Threepenny Opera is a provacative but, above all, lively and thoroughly entertaining presentation. It is clearly the most successful and brilliant of the mid-season mini-productions that the Madison Opera has brought us.”
THE ISTHMUS---JOHN BARKER
"This Threepenny is smart, sardonic and thoroughly entertaining.”
THE CAPITOL TIMES---LINDSAY CHRISTIAN
THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT- 2011
'Hilarious Absurdity'-----"Laughs flow frequently in this comic opera because of the sense of humor of director Dorothy Danner."
KANSAS CITY STAR-----ROBERT TRUSSELL
MAGIC FLUTE - 2011
“Michigan Opera Theatre opened its spring season Saturday night with a production of Mozart's “The Magic Flute” that is charming, energetic and stylish.”
THE DETROIT NEWS----LAWRENCE JOHNSON
"Dorothy Danner staged it fluidly. Danner has a marvelous eye for placing characters on stage, and Ostroff's set provided alluring opportunities for her staging gifts."
OPERA NEWS---JOHN GUINN
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
“The most impressive quality about Dorothy Danner’s staging was how naturally and spontaneously it grew from the ingeniously structured score----I’ve seen a number of productions but none has clarified this essential quality so sharply or encouraged the performers to communicate the humanity of the piece with so much warmth, wit and vitality.”
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“Juilliard’s new mounting is hardly short of brilliant. Dorothy Danner’s stage direction and choreography places everything in delightful focus.”
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“A simple, shimmering production that made the most of the opera’s considerable charm.”
NEW YORK POST
“Britten created a synthesis or musical fusion that played both on the conscious ear and the subconscious sense of beauty. It was this synthesis that director Dorothy Danner captured so effectively.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
“Virginia Opera handled the unceasingly dark melodrama by turning it into a fast paced, innovative production. From the opening pantomime, in which Edgardo rescued his dead father’s tartan from their despoiled castle, to the eerily moving trees that appeared at scene changes---like Birnam Wood coming repeatedly to Dunsinane---Stage director Dorothy Danner produced a stunning setting.
-----under the astute guidance of director Dorothy Danner. She coaxed persuasive acting from the young cast, enabling the emotional issues of the plot to ring true.
OPERA NEWS ONLINE
ELIXER OF LOVE
“Director Dorothy Danner’s efforts to meld cartoonish commedia dell’arte figures with heartfelt romance paid off flawlessly. Keeping the scene in a 19th century Italian village---Danner injected fresh images. It was gratifying to see a timeless story treated as such.”
Dorothy Danner had an endless supply of charming ideas.
“Thanks to Dorothy Danner, the stage pulses with action. She takes each and every one of those peasants and soldiers and gives him or her a specific character. Then she arranges them in compositions worth of a master painter. Her opera performers become accomplished actors who sing in any physical condition their action may demand.”
LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA
BRAVO! “Light in the Piazza” is brilliant----The staging comes to resemble an intricately and precisely rendered dance.