“Acquanetta” listed as one of Top 10 Performances in 2018

Photo credit: Maria Baranova - Suzuki

Photo credit: Maria Baranova - Suzuki

Michael Gordon’s Acquanetta. Prototype Festival

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. (GG)