Articles and Reviews
November 30, 2006
By CLIFTON J. NOBLE JR.
"Hudson's music was clever and well-crafted, reminiscent of Bernstein or perhaps of a light-hearted,
avuncular Stravinsky. He understands the kinds of melodies singers like to sing, and within the boundaries of
carefully conceived formal harmonic plan, gives them those kinds of melodies. The luna moth's vocalise in
Act II was supreme, as were the paper wasp's polyglot waltz and many of the mosquito's laments, all very shapely and leading to blooming high
notes that are the meat and potatoes of opera singing."
Workshop gives creators input
March 23, 2006
By Sally Heaney, Globe Correspondent
"And Hudson and Pearson are very serious about music, despite the subject
matter of their opera. They say that lowly bugs are perfectly appropriate
characters for such a high art, as well as creatures that intrigue children.
Insects ''are fascinating," Hudson said, ''like these little alien life forms all
around us leading these incredibly exotic lives." Their lives are ''very dramatic"
and full of operatic themes like love, death, and betrayal. ''They lead very
complex and colorful lives, and it seemed like a really happy marriage with
Creators of 'Bug Opera' hope debut connects with children and parents
November 16, 2006
By Sarah M. Taylor, Globe Correspondent
"It's a blend of instruments and voices and drama for an audience that we hope will bridge the gap of generation to generation," said Hangen,
who is also conductor of youth and family concerts for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor for the Boston Pops.
"The idea is certainly fun enough and interesting for kids to get something out of, but it is also written at a level, musically speaking, that adults
will get something from it, too."
Directed with characteristic wit by Dave Morgan, Magik's second collaboration with the San Antonio Opera is a
charmer that should please audiences of all ages.
The operetta, a collaboration between Magik and the San Antonio Opera, kicks off Magik's 2007-08 season with a
special opening performance Sunday afternoon. An hour before the 2:30 curtain time, early birds can get an up-close
look at creepy critters from the San Antonio Zoo's "BugMania!" exhibit, as well as taking part in a little face painting
and snacking on bug-themed munchies.