A continuación reproducimos algunos fragmentos destacados de las excelentes críticas recibidas por Ira Levin en el re-estreno de La campana sommersa, de Ottorino Respighi, en la New York City Opera, 88 años después de su estreno en la ciudad.

Rautendelein (Brandie Sutton) and the creatures of the forest in La Campana Sommersa. Sarah Shatz

“The conductor, Ira Levin, drew out the lush orchestral colors and vivid evocations — of prancing elves and such — that course through the work.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times


“The orchestra […] played this ornate score with easy virtuosity under the baton of conductor Ira Levin, even managing to create a warm, enveloping sound in the acoustically dry Rose Theater.”

James Jorden, The Observer

Brandie Sutton as the fairy Rautendelein in Respighi’s “La Campana Sommersa” at New York City Opera. Photo: Sarah Shatz

Much of the credit for the powerful impact of Friday night’s performance was due to Ira Levin, who conducted the combined NYCO Orchestra and Italy’s L’Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari with lushness and maximum impact. Levin led the 70-player ensemble with technical assurance and astute attention to the composer’s contrasts.

Bruce Hodges, The New York Classical Review


“A melding of orchestras, New York and Cagliari, under Ira Levin, made Respighi’s intricate, experimental sound seem bigger than it was without ever drowning the impressive clarity of the singers. It was, especially for an unfamiliar score on an opening night, a seamlessly well-ordered performance. One hopes the revived NYCO will build on such sure and fascinatingly unfamiliar foundations.”

John Yohalem, Parterre.com