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David Patrick Stearns
Gramophone, October 2015

GRAMOPHONE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… Unfairly neglected operas

Based on Lillian Hellman’s southern gothic play The Little Foxes, Regina (1949) is a life-and-death chess game of family politics in which Blitzstein makes shrewd choices regarding which characters talk or sing. It’s a deft, near-equal mixture of music and dialogue that’s often attempted but rarely with success. It recalls the lost genre of Broadway opera, exemplified by Menotti but composed here by Blitzstein with greater sophistication. © 2015 Gramophone

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