All was right but the opera itself

By David Patrick Stearns [Philadelphia Inquirer, 9 June 2009]

For those who believe divine intervention works amid the chaos of the opera world, Opera Company of Philadelphia’s production of The Rape of Lucretia seems meant to be. In its first solo foray into chamber opera at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater, the casting represents a harmonic convergence of the right singers in the right roles in the right theater. Then you must ask why any divinity would intervene for an opera that has such difficulty saying what it means.