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Composer: Picker, Tobias (b. 1954)

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Year of birth1954
NationalityUnited States
PeriodContemporary
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Tobias Picker's opera without words

Christoph Eschenbach © Eric Brissaud
Picker's succesfully enigmatic premiere of his Opera without Words
****1
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Tobias Picker's dark new opera Dolores Claiborne: A world première in San Francisco

Patricia Racette (Dolores Claiborne) and Wayne Tigges (Joe St. George)  ©  Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
Although opera, as a genre, is easily celebrated for its capacity to move and transport an audience, it is rare to be emotionally disturbed by one. Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne, which received its world première by the San Francisco Opera this week, achieves such a feat. In doing so, it will certainly garner notoriety, both as well-deserved praise and well-deserved condemnation.
***11
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