REVIEW - “COLD MOUNTAIN”
“Conductor Daniela Candillari helmed the formidable forces of the Academy Festival Orchestra in the Granada’s orchestra pit with the authority of one who knows Higdon’s score by heart. And what a score! Imaginative orchestral colors, evocative use of tuned and mallet percussion, beautiful melodies, and scorching sounds of horrific surprise.” - Daniel Kepl, VOICE Magazine
(August 9, 2019)
REVIEW - “COLD MOUNTAIN”
“From the pit, an awesome sound arose as conductor Daniela Candillari led the academy’s fellows through the complex yet always direct and emotionally grounded score.” - Charles Donelan, The Santa Barbara Independent
(August 7, 2019)
GB OPERA MAGAZINE
Production of Jennifer Higdon’s “Cold Mountain” featured in Italian GB Opera Magazine.
Behind the scenes
Jennifer Higdon’s “Cold Mountain” at Music Academy of the West
July 26, 2019
“ACQUANETTA” CD RELEASED
”Acquanetta” by Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman is available on all streaming platforms.
(July 19, 2019)
REVIEW - “RIDERS TO THE SEA/EMPTY THE HOUSE”
”The Curtis Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Daniela Candillari, shaped Vaughan Williams’ score with exceptional clarity. […] Candillari and the orchestra performed superbly.” - David Fox, PARTERRE
“My path to conducting was perhaps somewhat unpredictable, though looking back now, I can see the dots connect. I started playing piano when I was 5 years old. It was my first contact with music, and it started through my grandmother who was an opera singer. Before I started formal education in music, I knew for instance how to play “Habanera” from Carmen and would very often listen to tapes of operas and operettas and try to find the melodies on the piano.”
(Stephanie Ann Boyd - April 29, 2019)
“COMPOSER ELLEN REID'S p r i s m, a dramatically and sonically daring opera about the effects of sexual and emotional abuse, has won this year's Pulitzer Prize for music.
The work, which features libretto by Roxie Perkins, had its world premiere in November 2018 as part of LA Opera's Off Grand initiative before coming to New York in January as part of the 2019 Prototype Festival. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects in association with Trinity Church Wall Street, p r i s m was staged by director James Darrah and was conducted by Julian Wachner and Daniela Candillari.”
(April 15, 2019)
“On July 9 and 11, for the first time in its 100-year history, Cincinnati Opera will present Antonín Dvořák’s “Rusalka,” the tragic tale of a love-struck mermaid, sung in the original Czech. The Music Hall production will be conducted by Slovenian conductor Daniela Candillari in her company debut.”
(April 11, 2019)
”Opera and Song: West Coast premiere of Cold Mountain and more
More than 700 applicants seek the 27 coveted spots in the Academy's Vocal Institute. As a result, "Music Academy of the West's annual opera production has long been a reliable showcase for fine young vocalists" (Opera News). Presenting a cast of vocal fellows, this season's offering is the West Coast premiere of Cold Mountain, the first opera by Composer-in-Residence and 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon. An American odyssey of love, honor and redemption at the close of the Civil War, based on the National Book Award-winning novel by Charles Frazier, the opera was itself recognized with a 2016 International Opera Award. Directed by Princess Grace Award-winner James Darrah, Creative Director of the Vocal Institute, and featuring the Academy Festival Orchestra under the baton of Daniela Candillari, whose "wondrous music-making" (Chicago Tribune) has been showcased at Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and more, the Academy's fully staged and costumed production takes place at the Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara (Aug 2 & 4).”
(April 4, 2019)
REVIEWS - AN AMERICAN DREAM
Some of the most wondrous music-making emerged from the orchestra, conductor Daniela Candillari bringing forth poetically turned phrases and shimmering instrumental color. - Howard Reich, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
From the sprays of harp, piano and strings that evoked the natural beauty of Puget Sound in the orchestral prelude, the 15-member orchestra under the confident shaping hand of conductor Daniela Candillari supported the five singers with atmospheric splashes of color. - John von Rhein, CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW
MUSIC in “AN AMERICAN DREAM”
An introduction to the music for AN AMERICAN DREAM by Jack Perla and Jessica Murphy Moo.
Performances: Lyric Opera of Chicago, March 15 & 17, 2019
Production: Matthew Ozawa
(March 11, 2019)
“Composed by Shanghai-born and New York-based Du Yun, the Pulitzer-winning piece is a hard-hitting commentary on human trafficking and a gritty portrayal of human vulnerability and greed. A cash-strapped couple find a pair of angels that have fallen into their backyard, but instead of helping them they turn the heavenly creatures into tools to make money.”
(December 29, 2018)
”In any other season without a concert from Daniil Trifonov, Acquanetta would have stood head and shoulders above every other classical experience. Conceptually, Michael Gordon’s opera presented and completed the essential task of bringing together the premiere dramatic art form of the 19th Century—opera—with that of the 20th, film. And as one has come to expect from this great and strangely underrated composer, the music was gripping, both emotionally and physically. Add Mikaela Bennett’s riveting performance, and one had an unforgettable experience.”
(December 27, 2018)
WORKING IN THE THEATER - CHAMBER OPERA
New episode of WORKING IN THE THEATER focuses on Chamber Opera. It features Michael Gordon and members of the “Acquanetta” team, as well as makers of “The Echo Drift” by Mikael Karlsson, and our course our producer, Beth Morrison.
Produced and directed by Margarita Jimeno.
(December 17, 2018)