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Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, January 2012

Romulus, a one-act comic opera by Louis Karchin (b. 1951), announces its originality right out of the gate with its short, whimsical instrumental introduction and sustains it through to the very end of its seventy-two-minute running time. The music is unfailingly fresh and chromatically adventurous…

The players deliver a polished, vibrantly colored performance that no doubt pleases the composer greatly. © 2012 Opera News Read complete review

Robert Carl
Fanfare, January 2012

I find it a real contribution to the tradition of short comic opera…The performance…radiates wit and energy, both vocally and instrumentally. Bravo to all involved. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

Carson Cooman
Fanfare, November 2011

…terrific comic opera…released on Naxos in a beautiful composer-led performance… Writing a good, tight comic opera is exceptionally difficult to do, but Karchin succeeds admirably, having adapted his own libretto from the play by Alexandre Dumas père. It was a real triumph on stage, and it’s an unmitigated pleasure to revisit it here on recording.

Charles H Parsons
American Record Guide, November 2011

Karchin states that he has tried to emulate the effortless, seamless flow of Richard Strauss and Wagner. He succeeds admirably. It does not sound like Strauss or Wagner’s music, just the seamless flow. The melodies are memorable, those “take-home” kind of tunes so obviously missing from contemporary opera. It’s a gem of an opera and a gem of a performance.

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Laurence Vittes
Gramophone, November 2011

Karchin’s instrumental palette is rich, varied and often stunning. The emotion that Karchin’s orchestration and instrumental effects produce, whether they be audiophile drums grabbing centre stage or chimes describing the more esoteric aspects of the dramatic argument, gives rise to moments of striking beauty and visceral excitement that inform and colour the opera.

Katrina Thurman…soars, exclaims and declaims as necessary. Hers is a remarkably vibrant and flexible voice…, September 2011

The composer leads a very capable and personable cast of singers and the polished, lively Washington Square Ensemble in this 2009 recording, part of Naxos’ American Opera Classics series.

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