Das Land des Lächlens at Manhattan School of Music in Opera News!

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Click here to read a review of Das Land des Lächlens I just designed at Manhattan School of Music from Opera News Magazine!

“Kudos, then, to Dona D. Vaughn, artistic director of opera at Manhattan School of Music, for bringing back Franz Lehár’s delectable but little-seen Das Land des Lächlens as a Senior Opera Theater production, and for doing it with such a light, sensitive touch. Working with student singers in a bare-bones performance space on a small budget, she successfully evoked a sense of what made the Silver Age of Viennese operetta so appealing…"

"Lehár wraps the story in one exquisite melody after another; it is easy to see from this score why the man was known as the Puccini of operetta. At the April 3 performance in Manhattan School of Music’s Ades Performance Space, the audience, at least half of which was made up of young people, seemed thoroughly taken with this relic of bygone times. It helped that Vaughn wisely chose to have the spoken dialogue delivered in English and the sung numbers in the original German with supertitles…"

"Set and Lighting designer Kate Ashton effectively suggested the East-vs.-West atmosphere with minimal resources; Summer Lee Jack’s costumes helped set the colorful tone…" 

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