The successful mash-up of different forms owed much to conductor Daniela Candillari’s leadership in the pit. Thanks to Candillari’s even-keeled but dynamic conducting, the disparate vignettes and settings had a sense of flow and inevitability, like the dream-logic of mythology.
The conductor Daniela Candillari guides a uniformly powerful cast, as well as a tight ensemble of the Bang on a Can Opera musicians and the members of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street.
Daniela Candillari led the 16-piece chamber orchestra with a firm hand and sure sense of pacing and flow. Spears’ music soars to an almost cinematic lushness at times, and cries out for larger forces, strings especially. The Slovenian conductor did what she could with the limited numbers, giving lyrical moments expressive point while underlining the brooding atmosphere and ensuring dramatic peaks received full impact.
As conducted by Daniela Candillari in Sunday’s performance, the members of the LA Opera Orchestra and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street rendered the finale of Reid’s ambitious score with a precise yet exuberant fierceness.