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TWELFTH NIGHT by David Amram.

It begins with a charming song to the lines "If music be the food of love" and soon afterward another song of equal delight, "O Mistress Mine," is heard. Indeed, almost every time Mr. Amram has the chance to write a set piece he succeeds and the opera becomes vibrant and engrossing.
      Allen Hughes
      THE NEW YORK TIMES

Mr. Amram has a sensitive way of clothing the loveliest words with appropriate sounds.

      Elliot Norton

David Amram's "Twelfth Night," which premiered at the Lake George Festival, is a genuine masterpiece.

      Howard Healy
      THE TIMES RECORD. Troy. N. Y.

This chamber opera . . . could almost be aimed at a television production, and much in the score and production here would recommend it to a mass audience.

      Daniel Webster
      THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Mr. Amram has made of Shakespeare's incidental songs a sort of amiable gravity. Simple and singable, they were quite moving.

      Theodore Strongin
      THE NEW YORK TIMES

Amram has risen deftly to the bait of Shakespeare's wit, and created a workable and happy comic opera - a sure hit, in fact, if the first-night reaction is any measure.

      Shirley Fleming
      HIGH. FIDELITY/Musical America

Amram's music, in its use of harmonic intervals, has a contemporary ring, yet in mood it is closely suited to the temper of the original.

      OPERA NEWS

Twelfth Night shows a genuine talent at work trying to solve the almost impossible problem of setting Shakespeare successfully to music.

      Winthrop Sargeant
      THE'. NEW YORKER

It teems with melodic life. Its orchestra treatment has the amiable quality of sounding more modern than it is (plenty of clever percussive effects) and its total impression is of an opera meant above all to be enjoyed.

      Herbert Kupferberg
      THE NATIONAL OBSERVER

It isn't often a reviewer gets a chance to praise something to the skies, but that's exactly the case with David Amram's "Twelfth Night." This new work, given its world premiere . . . by the Lake George Opera Company, is pure joy from start to finish.

      Jake Sherman
      TIMES UNION. Albany, N Y.

Overall, it impresses by its gentleness and a Lyric flow that is seemingly inexhaustible.

      Harry Neville
      BOSTON HERALD TRAVELER

Twelfth Night proved to be a most enjoyable and relaxing experience. Amram's music did service to the intent and form of Shakespeare's play .

      John Stahl
      THE DAILY FREE PRESS

The work is gentle and quite sensuous, offering many fine opportunities for the drolleries that have made these characters famous.

      William D. Miranda

The 'beauty of "Twelfth Night" resides not in its interesting libretto but in the delightful music composed by American-born David Amram himself.

      Thomas Blowers
      THE SARATOGIAN

The music is great. the score to "Twelfth Night" is so lucid and compelling that it will surely have universal appeal.

      Milton Zapolski
      SCHENECTADY GAZETTE

The world premiere of "Twelfth Night" showed what an exciting theatrical experience opera can be when the composer, the librettist and those in charge of the stage are all of the same mind.

      Jack Frymire
      MUSIC & ARTS


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