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LA BOHEME

Stage director Dorothy Danner handled the small ensembles with focus and liveliness and she gave the crowd outside Café Momus a wealth of apt detail.  The big-picture movements followed the ebb and flow of the music---a nice subtlety that too few stage directors grasp.

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS
 

MADAME BUTTERFLY

“The Academy of Vocal Arts makes a strong case for concept opera in Dorothy Danner’s provocative staging of MADAME BUTTERFLY.  -------through these simple scenic devices, Danner focuses the action succinctly and tellingly.  The director makes the deep human emotions coursing through Puccini’s opera stand in bold relief.”

COURIER POST
 

SOUR ANGELICA and GIANNI SCHICCHI

“Dorothy Danner skillfully exploited the contract between the heartrending melodrama of Suor Angelica and the sunny comedy of Gianni Schicchi.  Danner created a gallery of vivId portraits; the nuns all emerged with distinctive faces, and after intermission, so did Buoso Donati’s family.  Danner’s richly detailed staging of Schicchi revealed the sparkling wit in Puccini’s comedy.

OPERA NEWS
 

TOSCA

“Dorothy Danner’s stage direction shaped a performance as notable for theatrical as for musical strengths.”

WASHINGTON POST
 

SUSANNAH

---in a striking rendition of “Susannah” inventively staged by Dorothy Danner.

WASHINGTON POST
“A good production magically transports us to a different place.  And so it is with this finely etched version of Carlisle Floyd’s musical drama, directed with sensitivity and boldness by Dorothy Danner.”
WHRO---LOESSIN AT LARGE

“Virginia Opera’s, unfussy, atmospheric new production let Floyd’s rural drama unfold naturally and director, Dorothy Danner got a true ensemble effort from the eager cast.”

OPERA NEWS
 

CANDIDE

“Dorothy Danner managed to make sense of the unending scene shifts while keeping her handsome cast under control.  Wisely making some serious cuts in this manic operetta, the director set a brisk pace that never looked breathless.  Resisting the temptation to send this tale over the top, Danner nimbly kept a human touch, and it paid off.”

OPERA NEWS
 

THE MAGIC FLUTE

“The cast benefits from Dorothy Danner’s approachable and uncomplicated direction.”

LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Die Zauberflöte can easily turn silly in the hand of a producer eager to be loved by any vulgar means.  Dorothy Danner paid tribute to Mozart and Schikaneder by treating the work seriously and with taste.”

OPERA MAGAZINE
 

THE STUDENT PRINCE

Much of the credit must go to stage director Dorothy Danner, whose easy pacing and gentle touch maintain an attitude of wistful comedy from beginning to end.

THE OREGONIAN

“Dorothy Danner’s picturesque staging and choreography were unfailingly lively, colorful, and full of unpatronizing  trust in the warm appeal of the material.”

HOUSTON POST
 

THE DESERT SONG

“The incredibly talented Dorothy Danner deserves much praise for her inventive staging and choreography.  The ensemble scenes once again amaze with their ingenuity and activity.  She continually amazes this critic  with her creativity and originality.  Even the smallest details bear the mark of her genius, and every scene is a treat for the eye as well as the ear.”

CACHE MAGAZINE

“To their enormous credit----and director Dorothy Danner merge all these elements into a nearly flawless whole.”

DENVER POST
 

POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO

“A fantastically directed theatre event-----this team reached the quality of the Flemish Opera----staging by Dorothy Danner, a dynamic American director----this production deserves a revival.”

GHENT-HETDAATSTE NIEUWS

Still the work remains fascinating, and Dorothy Danner’s stylish production did it proud, with scarcely a touch of the sitcom inanity and kitsch that so may operatic directors find irresistible today.”

OPERA MAGAZINE
 
 
     
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