Il sogno di Scipione

Apr 09, 2001

The New York Times

Anthony Tommasini

On Friday night the company [Henry Street Chamber Opera] made a propitious debut with a delightful production of Mozart's Il sogno di Scipione...[Stage director Christopher Alden], working with the scenic designer Andrew Cavanaugh Holland and the costume designer Fabio Toblini, has produced a fanciful and funny show...

Il sogno, performed in Italian with English supertitles, has impracticably difficult vocal parts. Though these young singers were pushed to their limits, they gamely dispatched Mozart's da capo arias, replete with elaborate Handelian passagework and high C's galore...The company's music director, Neal Goren, drew a buoyant performance from the 25-piece chamber orchestra...[The character Licenza] aptly directed praise to the audience that had turned out to support this plucky new company."