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HANSEL AND GRETEL

“The opera Company of Philadelphia’s mounting of this charming operatic setting of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale is one of the finest in its three decades history.  Dorothy Danner wisely avoided even a hint of condescending  “cuteness” choosing instead an unaffected style of staging and acting.”

CHESTNUT HILL

“Stage director, Dorothy Danner, has treated the classic with affection and gentle humor. The honesty of her approach certainly pays off as the characters and the drama come to life---a marvel of imagination and taste.”

SYRACUSE POST STANDARD
 

LA FILLE DU REGIMENT

“The opening performance of Florida Grand Opera’s production of La Fille du Regiment was cause for celebration----does full justice to this delightful operatic sweet treat.   Dorothy Danner staged a funny production that owed much to her experience directing the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire.”

MIAMI HERALD

“Director Dorothy Danner lent the characters colorful detail and lavished an abundance of comedic action on the slight story.”

OPERA NEWS ONLINE

Dorothy Danner, that brilliant stage director who knows innately how to create meaningful staging by listening to the music, did just that here.  She is so adroit at creating fresh visual ideas without smudging the musIc that when you laughed (which was often) you never missed a note.”                            

DETROIT FREE PRESS

“Kudos to stage director Dorothy Danner for keeping the action lively and engaging.”

CINCINNATI POST

“Dorothy Danner stages Donizetti’s comedy at a bubbling pace.”

OPERA MAGAZINE
 

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST

“Sets and lighting lend an earthiness to the production, artfully conceived by Dorothy Danner.”

TAMPA TRIBUNE
 

VANESSA

“This taut and vivid production has a wonderful sense of balance, from the very even and vocally splendid cast to the simple and elegant direction of Dorothy Danner.

PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER
“Stage director Dorothy Danner produces Barber’s opera in a straightforward way.  She summons vivid characterizations from her talented cast.”
COURIER POST
 

MERRY WIDOW

“The star of the Lyric’s production was stage director Dorothy Danner, a veteran of both Broadway and opera with a frisky theatrical sense. The Danner touches kept us going.  The peerless male kick-line of Act 2 had the audience roaring.  The expertly choreographed folk dances were danced with an aplomb we’ve rarely seen in a Lyric production.  And the big-production finale made us feel comfortably in the milleu of “La Cage aux Folles”

KANSAS CITY STAR

Virginia Opera’s production offered strong musical and theatrical values that honored the work’s Viennese origins, but also added a Broadway flavor to make it more accessible to American tastes. Despite the onstage antics, Danner left the characters enough space to show us their more private, and even painful moments----Operetta may invite fluff, but often there is a sadder, deeper side to the story------and Danner allowed that darker side to emerge.

VIRGINIA PAPER—RESEARCH

“Dorothy Danner’s staging is bright, engaging, and faithful to the source.”

LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Much of its success can be attributed to the talents of Dorothy Danner.  Danner is a crackerjack stage Director with a keen sense of theatricality.”

VIRGINIA PILOT

“ If Houston Grand Opera’s current production of “The Merry Widow” were any bubblier, it would lift Miller Theatre off the ground and send it sailing into the night sky.---astutely directed and briskly choreographed by Dorothy Danner.”

HOUSTON CHRONICLE
 

CARMEN

From the opening red-lit tableau, with cast members snapping their fingers like a 19th-century “West Side Story” gang, Dorothy Danner’s staging was highly dramatic.

WASHINGTON POST

Dorothy Danner brought an almost cinematic sense of pacing to the production, keeping the story moving forward and never losing the interest of the audience.

WASHINGTON TIMES
The productions chief virtue is Dorothy Danner’s staging, a combination of “Les Miserables” transplanted to Spain and a seamless procession of colorful crowd scenes and intimate encounters
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
 

LES PECHEURS DE PERLES

This was a superb production of a seldom seen opera, done with flair and puissance. Dorothy Danner, did not only the appropriate Asiatic dances, but directed the entire production, in an elegant manner, giving Cleveland a truly GRAND opera.

WEST SIDE JOURNAL
 
 
     
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